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Rep. Maxine Waters Says She Was Targeted by Russia on Twitter

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By    |   Friday, 27 October 2017 09:22 AM

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calf., a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, said she was targeted by Russia on Twitter as part of a campaign to try to remove her from office, the Washington Examiner is reporting.

"While I have never publicly discussed it before today, I have been aware for some time that I was targeted by Russian operatives whose interests were aligned with Donald Trump," Waters said in a letter to Twitter.

Waters wants to know how many times she has been mentioned by Moscow-linked bots online and how often those posts were retweeted, the Examiner reported.

She also is demanding details of a Twitter account linked to a Russian troll factory and claimed it tried to interfere with a May 2017 town hall meeting in her district, according to the Examiner.

"It is most disturbing to me that this Russian account pushed an 'Impeach Maxine Waters' hashtag that ultimately trended on Twitter during that afternoon," Waters wrote. "The hashtag appeared to be coordinated with large, elaborate posters that were posted outside the town hall venue by disrupters, who were probably given the financial resources and assistance necessary to carry out their campaign of disruption."

The Los Angeles Times noted Waters said the information is needed from Twitter to show lawmakers that their efforts to communicate with constituents have been targeted by disinformation campaigns led by the Russians.

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Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calf., a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, said she was targeted by Russia on Twitter as part of a campaign to try to remove her from office, the Washington Examiner is reporting.
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