Don't Russia through this.
Posted on March 3, 2017, at 5:05 p.m. ET
Pranksters passed out Russian flags with "Trump" written on them to the crowd, even speaking to them with a fake Russian accent. Security removed the pranksters and had to collect all the flags they handed out.
The story was published by Seattle Tribune, a known fake news website, Snopes reports. The agencies mentioned in the story are completely made up, as is the story itself.
Sessions recused himself from all federal investigations into the election after the Washington Post revealed he made false claims during his confirmation hearing about meeting with the Russians.
Russia created a website to expose western fake news about the country, but it mostly includes unfavourable articles. The New York Times covered the new site and got labelled as "fake news."
The hoax was posted on The Underground Report, a fake news website created by a 27-year-old American living in Costa Rica. It quickly spread across the web, but there's no truth to it.
Wikileaks did release a document showing McCain's team sent a letter to the Russian envoy asking for donations, but that leak took place in October 2008, Snopes reports. The campaign said the letter was sent by mistake and the whole matter was considered settled years ago, until a slew of hyperpartisan sites brought it back up last month.
The story was published by Last Line of Defense, a website known to spread disinformation, Snopes reports. It even has a disclaimer warning readers against taking it seriously.
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