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‘Coincidence?’ Sudden blackout at Senate CIA hearing has Twitter reaction on overdrive

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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.

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:

..but the speculation — and gaiety — had already begun. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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