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NOT REAL NEWS: Hillary Clinton not NY’s new attorney general

May 11, 2018
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 file photo, Hillary Clinton sits on stage during a book tour event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. On May 11, 2018, The Associated Press has found that stories circulating on the internet that Clinton is New York’s new attorney general are untrue. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Online stories are falsely claiming Hillary Clinton is New York’s new attorney general.

The sites, Liberty Raise and Daily World Update, are running the same story contending New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Clinton as the permanent replacement for Eric Schneiderman, who resigned as attorney general Monday following allegations of sexual misconduct. They also falsely claim that Cuomo rescinded the appointment of his first choice, Barbara Underwood, because of a gambling addiction that became public.

Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi called the claims 100 percent “fake, fake, fake.”

Azzopardi said Clinton was not named to the post, and Underwood, as the state’s solicitor general — the No. 2 position in the attorney general’s office — automatically became acting attorney general.

The governor’s office doesn’t play a part in permanently filling the vacancy. That role goes to a joint legislative session, according to Azzopardi, who said lawmakers have announced plans to begin interviewing potential candidates next week.

Christopher Blair has said his Daily World Update site is satirical, and not presented as a news source.

The AP tried to reach out to Liberty Raise for comment, but no contact information was available.

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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