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Ted Cruz Expects 'Vigorous' Hearing for Conspiracy Theorist

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (AP)

By    |   Thursday, 08 Feb 2018 03:34 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he anticipated a contentious confirmation hearing for a nominee to a diplomatic post in the Caribbean, after the nominee shared unfounded conspiracy theories about Cruz and others during the 2016 campaign.

"I don't know the fellow. He seems to have unusual views . . . I expect he'll have an interesting and vigorous confirmation process," Cruz said Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The nominee, Leandro Rizzuto Jr., spread allegations in tweets that Cruz had cheated on wife Heidi Cruz, as well as claims Mrs. Cruz was part of a secret cabal that planned to unite North America under one government, CNN reported.

All the tweets on Rizzuto's personal account has been deleted, but retweets dating back to Feb. 2016 are still viewable, CNN reported.

One retweet from Rizzuto contained an image that said Heidi Cruz "is an architect of the North American Union (NAU) whose goal is to destroy the sovereignty of the United States," CNN's report said.

President Donald Trump in January named Rizzuto, a senior executive at Conair, to the ambassador post for Barbados and other nations, the report said.

White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters offered a statement in support of Rizzuto, The Dallas Morning News reported.

"The president looks forward to Leandro Rizzuto's swift confirmation by the Senate, and is confident he will be a great ambassador to the Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines," Walters said.

The office of another Republican, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., also weighed in on Rizzuto, The Dallas News reported.

"Mr. Rizzuto should feel free to put on his tinfoil hat and visit our office with evidence for his salacious conspiracy theories and cuckoo allegations . . . People who want to serve Americans as our diplomats and spokespeople abroad should know that words and truth matter, even during campaigns," Sasse spokesman James Wegmann told The Dallas News.

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