10:16 Sep. 9, 2016
Republican nominee gives interview to a Russia-funded TV network
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a Russia-funded television network that "it's probably unlikely" that Moscow is trying to influence the U.S. election.
Trump, who has faced backlash from both parties in recent days for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, was interviewed by Larry King, a veteran American journalist whose show airs Thursday evenings on RT America, the U.S. partner of a network originally called Russia Today.
Trump's interview with King was promoted by RT America as an exclusive. But a Trump spokeswoman suggested to AP that Trump was not aware that King's program was linked to the Russian-backed network.
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When King asked about reports that U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating whether Russia is trying to disrupt the election, Trump said that he's skeptical.
"I think it's probably unlikely. I think maybe the Democrats are putting that out," Trump said. He added, "I hope that if they are doing something, I hope that somebody's going to be able to find out, so they can end it, because that would not be appropriate at all."
Private cybersecurity analysts have blamed Russian intelligence agencies for electronic break-ins into Democratic Party computers, including a breach of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats' campaign arm.
Reporting by Associated Press