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Twitter Locks Man’s Account After Revealing Ocasio-Cortez’s Boyfriend’s Government Email Address

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Peter Hasson Senior Reporter

Twitter suspended conservative political consultant Luke Thompson’s account on Friday after he revealed that Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend, Riley Roberts, has a government email account.

Thompson posted a screenshot of a House directory that showed Roberts listed under “staff,” alongside a House email address for Roberts and the phone number for Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional office.

Twitter claimed Thompson violated “rules against posting private information,” even though the information he posted was a government email address and a publicly available phone number. Twitter briefly made Thompson’s tweet not publicly visible before later restoring it.

Twitter did not return a request for comment on why Thompson’s account was locked out. He later regained access to his account.

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Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks with supporters during her general campaign kick-off rally on Sept. 22, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff claimed Roberts isn’t a paid staff member and that the email address only allows him access to the congresswoman’s calendar.

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“From time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar,” the chief administrative officer of the House told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a phone call.

Roberts did not return an email seeking comment.

Evie Fordham contributed to this report.

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