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November 22, 2016: A newly revealed letter from president-elect Donald Trump’s grandfather shows he appealed to authorities in southern Germany not to expel him for avoiding military service.

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The letter, penned by Friedrich Trump in 1905 and published for the first time this week in the German magazine Bild, was addressed to Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria asking to stay in Germany.

The elder Trump left the country at the age 16 to seek his fortune in the United States. He did well in the western U.S., making money running taverns and brothels during a gold rush in Canada’s Yukon territory, according to the Washington Post.

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According to one source, Friedrich Trump “mined the miners.”

One establishment, the Arctic, apparently had quite a reputation. “For single men, the Arctic has the best restaurant,” wrote a journalist at the Yukon Sun newspaper. “But I would not advise respectable women to go there to sleep as they are liable to hear that which would be repugnant to their feelings and uttered, too, by the depraved of their own sex.”

However, by leaving Germany, Trump violated the law requiring mandatory military service.

This became a problem with he returned to Germany in the early 1900s.

During one of his trips, he met his future wife, but when she got homesick and wanted to return to Germany, his legal troubles took center stage despite his pleas.

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“The American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Trump, currently residing in Kallstadt, is hereby informed that he is to depart the state of Bavaria, or face deportation,” authorities said in a document dated February 1905, according to Deutsche Welle.

Trump’s letter to the prince regent was not persuasive in rescinding his expulsion. (VOA)

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The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech

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US Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, in an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, asked its CEO Sundar Pichai why so many pictures of President Donald Trump appear when she does a Google search for “idiot”.

“Right now, if you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that,” the California Democrat told Pichai during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday here.

“How would that happen? How does search work so that would occur?” Lofgren asked Pichai, according to the Washington Post.

The Google CEO — who was at the hearing to address allegations of political bias in his company’s widely used search engine — said the results were based on billions of keywords ranked according to over 200 factors such as relevance, popularity, how others were using the search term, to determine how to best match a query with results.

“So it’s not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we’re going to show the user?” Lofgren asked. “It’s basically a compilation of what users are generating.”

Republicans have long accused Google of political bias, which the company has strongly denied.

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In August, Trump said in a tweet that a Google search for “Trump News” showed only reports from “Fake News Media.” He concluded it was “rigged” against him so “almost all stories and news was bad.”

House Republicans said they wanted to hold the hearing — entitled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices” — to make sure the search giant was being impartial.

“Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honour freedom of speech and champion open dialogue,” Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said in a statement before the hearing.

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech.

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In response to Republicans who complained about Google searches, Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said: “If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don’t want negative search results, don’t do negative things.”

“And to some of my colleagues across the aisle, if you’re getting bad press articles and bad search results, don’t blame Google or Facebook or Twitter, consider blaming yourself.” (IANS)