Amid what proved to be unfounded rumors of Russia “penetrating the nation’s power grid” by hacking a Vermont utility, the lights suddenly went out during the confirmation hearing for the next director of the CIA.
…just after Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., brought up Russia’s alleged hacking of the DNC.
Coincidence? Don’t try to sell that to social media users.
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The Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing was taking place early Thursday in the Hart Senate Office Building when the room suddenly went dark, Roll Call reported.
Lights out at CIA director confirmation hearing https://t.co/7Eqi6GOjuD pic.twitter.com/XfUKbEjXC3
— Roll Call (@rollcall) January 12, 2017
The confirmation hearing in Hart of @RepMikePompeo as CIA Dir. was interrupted by a power outage @SenatorBurr @Sen_JoeManchin @KamalaHarris pic.twitter.com/hdNxpqCx58
— Tom Williams (@pennstatetom) January 12, 2017
The cause was quickly diagnosed — the power outage was linked to electrical work underway near the Capitol, according to Roll Call.
“Due to Pepco conducting electrical work in the surrounding neighborhood, the Hart and Dirksen Senate Office Buildings has experienced a partial electrical disruption on multiple floors,” Senate Superintendent Takis Tzamaras explained in an email to Senate staff.
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But that didn’t stop some from having a little fun with the incident, beginning with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who posted on Twitter:
Lights suspiciously went off in hearing room for new CIA director, Mike Pompey. Hmmm… .
— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) January 12, 2017
..but the speculation — and gaiety — had already begun. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
@rollcall it was Putin
— murphy (@fartbutt69) January 12, 2017
Lights out @ Senate Intel hearing for @CIA nominee Pompeo just as @markwarner talks on #Russia hacking.
— Kim Dozier (@KimDozier) January 12, 2017
@KimDozier @CIA @MarkWarner
THE RUSSIANS HACKED THE LIGHTS smh
— большая америки (@conservinews) January 12, 2017
@KimDozier @NoahShachtman cut to the FSB… pic.twitter.com/p5JCj1P03f
— Asher Klein (@kleinstar) January 12, 2017
@KimDozier @thedailybeast @CIA @MarkWarner Hilariously perfect
— Justice Jones (@SubversiveGrl) January 12, 2017
@KimDozier @CIA @MarkWarner No coincidence. Russia controls our politics, our souls, our electric grids and if we choose paper or plastic.
— Sha (@quip1) January 12, 2017
@KimDozier @CIA @MarkWarner Perhaps a sign?
— Nick (@nicklewan1) January 12, 2017
@KimDozier @thedailybeast @CIA @MarkWarner Obamas solar batteries went dead…
— nosnhojms (@stevejohnsonls) January 12, 2017
— Best Music Lyric (@BestMusicLyric) January 12, 2017
The world is just too perfect sometimes. https://t.co/aE2RwtaOQk
— Justin Mitchell (@JstnMtchll) January 12, 2017
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