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Dennis Vacco comes under fire for tweet about Kavanaugh accuser

Former New York State Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco came under social media scrutiny Tuesday for a Twitter post he made, and later deleted, regarding Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual harassment.

Vacco's tweet read: "Can you say fraud. Either it happened or it didn't. Why does the alleged 'victim' need an investigation?"

Blasey Ford insisted Tuesday that the F.B.I. investigate her allegations against Kavanaugh before she would testify before the Senate.

Vacco posted the statement, which was a reaction to a tweet by conservative commentator Ann Coulter, at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. He deleted the tweet Wednesday morning after it created a firestorm of reaction from Twitter users.

Vacco, a Buffalo native, could not be reached to comment Wednesday afternoon.

Here is a screen shot of his original tweet:

Screen shot of Dennis Vacco's since-deleted tweet. The screen shot was obtained through a cached link via Google search.

Many Twitter users captured the original tweet in a screen shot. The tweet was still available via Google search Wednesday morning – it could be accessed by clicking "cached" next to the link to the original tweet.

The original tweet was responded to hundreds of times, and was quote-tweeted and responded to by some high-profile Twitter users, including tennis great Martina Navratilova (241,000-plus followers), former CNN anchor and current Starfish Media CEO Soledad O'Brien (863,000-plus followers) and Preet Bharara (888,000-plus followers), former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

All of those tweets earned hundreds of replies as well.

One of Bharara's tweets, which read "This is a former NY State Attorney General asking why an alleged rape victim would want an investigation," was liked over 10,000 times.

Vacco is currently a partner with the Buffalo-based law firm of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP.

Many Twitter users tagged @LippesMathias in tweets critical of Vacco. A search for Vacco's handle and the firm's handle yielded tweets by more than 20 users.

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