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Washington (AFP) – A White House national security official has been dismissed after being identified as the source of tweets insulting the administration that were sent under a fake name, news reports said.

A White House source said this official no longer works for the administration of President Barack Obama, but declined to give details.

The Daily Beast news website reported that Jofi Joseph, 40, who worked on nuclear non-proliferation in the National Security Council, was let go after being identified as the author of messages sent under the name “@NatSecWonk”.

Tweets sent under this account assailed both the Obama administration and Republicans, as well as conservative political commentators, The Daily Beast said.

The comments targeted a close friend and adviser of the president, Valerie Jarrett, foreign policy speech writer Ben Rhodes and even Secretary of State John Kerry.

Another news website, Politico, said it had received an email statement from Joseph.

“It has been a privilege to serve in this administration and I deeply regret violating the trust and confidence placed in me,” Joseph was quoted as saying in the email.

“What started out as an intended parody account of D.C. culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments. I bear complete responsibility for this affair and I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted,” he wrote, according to Politico.

The White House issued no official statement.

The Twitter account “@NatSecWonk” was no longer active as of late Tuesday.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) declared on Sunday morning that she will oppose any Republican attempt to move ahead with a Supreme Court nomination to fill the seat left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

"For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election," said Murkowski in a statement released by her office. "Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed."

The Alaska Republican joined Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in opposing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announced determination to replace Ginsburg with a Trump appointee. If McConnell loses two more Republican votes, he will be unable to move a nomination before Election Day.