Two top Democrats and The New York Times were duped by a parody Twitter account purporting to be former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, The Hill reported.

Flynn resigned his post late Monday after reports surfaced that he was untruthful with Vice President Mike Pence about a December conversation he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions.

"While I accept full responsibility for my actions, I feel it is unfair that I have been made the sole scapegoat for what happened," one "fake" tweet read.


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Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, demanded an investigation of Flynn's security clearance application after reading aloud the fake account's tweet.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also voiced outrage at the statement, saying there may be others in the White House who share blame for Flynn's actions.

The New York Times also published a story citing the "scapegoat" tweet, later correcting their report and apologizing for the "editing error."

Conservative news outlet Newsmax also wrote a story about Flynn, citing his parody account.

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