Romney confirms secret Twitter account 'Pierre Delecto'

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U. S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney delivers his speech to the delegates at the Utah Republican Nominating Convention Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, confirmed late Sunday night he used an anonymous Twitter account named "Pierre Delecto" to follow political discussions on social media, according to MSNBC.

An investigation by Slate's Ashely Feinberg linked Romney to the account. The Utah senator replied "C'est moi," or it's me," to The Atlantic's McKay Coppins after being asked about the account.

The Slate reported the account, which is now private, replied to several Romney-related tweets and liked some others that were critical of President Donald Trump and Republicans.

In an interview published earlier Sunday about the 2012 presidential candidate, The Atlantic asked Romney about one of Trump's tweets with the hashtag "IMPEACHMITTROMNEY." He replied, "That's kind of what he does" and explained he uses a secret Twitter account to follow politics. He declined to give the name of the account but said he followed fewer than 700 accounts. "What do they call me, a lurker?" he said.

This sparked Feinberg's investigation, leading her to the Twitter account @gaws9876 with the username "Pierre Delecto." Feinberg revealed former FBI Director James Comey's anonymous account in 2017.

The account responded to a conservative blogger for The Washington Post, who said Romney's Trump strategy was "non-confrontation verging on spinelessness."

"Jennifer, you need to take a breath,'" Pierre Delecto replied. "'Maybe you can then acknowledge the people who agree with you in large measure even if not in every measure."

Romney's secret account also liked a number of tweets that were strongly critical of the president, including one supporting the use of the 25th Amendment in response to the president's recent decision on Syria and Turkey, MSNBC reported.

The account also liked tweets criticizing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.