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    The US political establishment is using the story of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election as a reason to start preparation of an impeachment procedure against President Donald Trump, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Russia’s Federation Council, said on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States has repeatedly accused Russia of meddling in the 2016 presidential election, with Moscow refuting all allegations.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the accusations "absolutely groundless."

    "US establishment is preparing impeachment procedure against Trump, looking for legal grounds for it, and they are being found by the most primitive manner in anti-Russian hysteria," Konstantin Kosachev said at a meeting with German lawmaker Gernot Erler.

    According to Kosachev, the story behind the alleged Russian interference with the US elections is "not about the interference itself, but about questioning the legitimacy of electing Trump."

    Last week, former FBI Director James Comey testified on the Trump-Russia probe at the US Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. It was the first public appearance of Comey since his firing in May. During the testimony, Comey said that he believed that he was fired over the Russia probe as the US president said so. However, the former FBI chief's alleged failure to lead the bureau was firstly named as the official reason for Comey's dismissal.

    US President Donald Trump confirmed in a statement on Friday that he is under investigation for the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey.

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