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“I Never Worked For Russia”, Says US President Donald Trump

Donald Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russia. The Russian government has repeatedly denied alleged meddling into the 2016 US elections

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US President Donald Trump on Monday said he “never worked for Russia,” directly responding to a media report that the FBI once opened a counterintelligence probe into whether the president was working on Russia’s behalf.

“Not only did I never work for Russia, I think it’s a disgrace that you even asked that question because it’s a whole big fat hoax,” Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for New Orleans, Xinhua news agency reported.

The New York Times reported Friday the FBI began the investigation after Trump fired James Comey as FBI director in order to examine whether the president’s move threatened national security and amounted to obstruction of justice.

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Trump says he ‘never worked for Russia’. VOA

Trump slammed the report at the weekends, calling it “the most insulting thing.”

The president also dismissed a Washington Post report that he took notes from his interpreter and ordered not to discuss details with other US officials about his 2017 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling it “fake news”.

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Donald Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russia. The Russian government has repeatedly denied alleged meddling into the 2016 US elections. (IANS)

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Russia Accuses Facebook, Google of Election Interference

“This can be considered foreign meddling into Russia’s state sovereignty and interference with the country’s democratic process,” the watchdog said in a statement

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Many materials published on Facebook and Google resources can be considered interference in Russia’s internal affairs, said an official of the Russian Central Election Commission.

On Sunday, municipal and regional elections were held across Russia, with a total of 22 administrative centres electing city parliaments, and three regional capitals electing heads of municipalities, Sputnik news agency reported.

“Much of what is published there can be attributed to those materials that directly affect a person who is making a choice,” said Nikolai Bulayev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Central Election Commission.

“If there is an influence, I’m sure that this can be considered as interference in internal affairs,” Bulayev told reporters.

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On the day of the elections, Russia’s communication watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said that it had determined that several US Internet giants — Google, Facebook and Youtube — had featured politically charged advertisements on their platforms, which constituted foreign meddling in Russia’s electoral procedures.

“After monitoring various media platforms on the day of the elections, it has been determined that Google’s search engine, the Facebook social media platform and Youtube’s video hosting service featured political advertisements.

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“This can be considered foreign meddling into Russia’s state sovereignty and interference with the country’s democratic process,” the watchdog said in a statement.

The Russian parliamentary upper house’s Commission on Protecting State Sovereignty will look into possible foreign meddling in the country’s local elections in the second half of September, the commission’s chairman Andrei Klimov said on Sunday. (IANS)