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FBI to Talk to Maxine Waters’ Republican Opponent

Omar Navarro posted fake letter saying Waters wanted to resettle thousands of refugees in district

The Republican opponent for Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., will speak to FBI agents about posting a fake letter purportedly from Waters on Twitter. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Maxine Waters’ Republican challenger will speak with the FBI agents after he posted a fake letter that he said was from Waters.

Omar Navarro said he will talk with agents on Wednesday in his campaign office, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Waters asked the FBI to investigate the letter that falsely said she wanted to resettle tens of thousands of refugees in her district on the grounds that it is illegal to impersonate a federal official.

“I don’t know why they are looking into me since I’m not the one who fabricated the letter,” Navarro told the Times. 

Despite saying he has not spoken with the person who created the letter since December, Navarro has not deleted the tweet.

Navarro said there was a double standard for him and the California Democrat.

“Let’s get this straight I tweet a letter which says Maxine Waters wants to bring 41,000 Somali refugees,” he said. “I only tweet according to this document asking a question. Now the FBI is on me for her complaint. She threatens the president and his supporters and no investigation on her.”

Waters drew fire earlier this summer for calling for supporters to protest White House officials when they encountered them in public and refuse them service at establishments.

The letter included multiple errors, including listing committees on which Waters does not sit.

In December, Waters’ chief of staff Twaun Samuel called the letter a “forgery and a fake.”

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