So far, Mueller’s investigation has found no evidence that any American was a knowing participant in Russia’s election interference plot.
Will Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian Nationals for interference in the 2016 election finally lead to an exoneration of President Trump?
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday that 13 Russian Nationals and three Russian companies were indicted for interfering in our 2016 presidential election. The indictment “detailed a sophisticated plot to wage “information warfare” against the U.S. The Russian nationals are accused of setting a “strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system…there is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant. There is no allegation the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.”
“Rosenstein described a sophisticated operation by Russian organization Internet Research Agency. He said the scheme involved setting up hundreds of social media accounts using stolen or fictitious identities to make it appear like the accounts were controlled by individuals in the U.S. He said the defendants posed as politically active Americans and recruited “real Americans” to stage rallies and engage in political activities.”
But Rosenstein said those Americans did not know they were communicating with Russians.
The indictment document can be viewed here. Fox’s Catherine Herridge tells us the plot was “seeded in 2014 by an individual who was closely aligned with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.”
Republicans see this new development as a vindication of Trump. Actually, Trump sees this as a vindication of Trump! Following the announcement, he tweeted “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for president. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!” Although the indictment is very good news for Trump, he is not out of the woods until Mueller says he is.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley spoke to Fox News’ Mike Emmanuel. Turley also sees this news as favorable for Trump. “It’s clearly saying that this was a Russian government operation…what’s fascinating is that it doesn’t say that they have evidence of collusion and this was brought out by Rosenstein. And this is good news for Trump.”
Sean Hannity’s Friday opening monologue (please see video below) takes us through Russia’s involvement in the election and goes in depth into Russian efforts to gain control of 20% of the US uranium supply.
Liberals, of course, do not interpret this news as vindication for Trump. Since the announcement, the Democrats’ main talking point has been that Trump did indeed collude with the Russians because their interference was pro-Trump.
Wait a minute Dems. Yes, the interference during the general election was pro-Trump. But it was also pro (former Green Party Presidential Candidate) Jill Stein. And during the Democratic primary, the Russian interference was pro Bernie Sanders. Do Dems believe that Sanders or Stein colluded with the Russians also? We don’t need a lawyer to tell us this does not constitute evidence. The fact that the Russian interference was pro-Trump is not proof that Trump colluded with the Russians.
The indictment clearly states that no Americans knowingly participated in this interference. It says that several “state level” Trump volunteers may have unwittingly helped the Russians.
Moreover, the indictment states that Russian interference began in 2014, long before Trump had even announced his candidacy.
It also says the Russians supported “anti-establishment” candidates. In the Democratic primary, they supported Bernie Sanders. In the general election, they supported both Donald Trump and Jill Stein. They opposed “establishment” candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in the Republican primary and Hillary Clinton in the general.
Naturally, Adam Schiff (D-CA) had to weigh in on the news and his comments were predictable. He tweeted, “Mueller’s indictment reaffirms what the Intelligence Community concluded, what our investigation has borne out, and what President Trump denies — that Russia interfered in our election in an effort to assist his presidential campaign.”
Mueller’s indictment reaffirms what the Intelligence Community concluded, what our investigation has borne out, and what President Trump denies — that Russia interfered in our election in an effort to assist his presidential campaign. pic.twitter.com/iXvkLjcWvW
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 16, 2018
No one denies that the Russians interfered in our election. But Schiff, so invested is he in the “Trump is a criminal” narrative, is still implying that Trump colluded with the Russians which is FALSE. The indictment clearly states that no Americans knowingly assisted the Russians. Therefore, Trump, being an American, did not knowingly assist the Russians.
“But after he was elected, they worked to undermine him. Russians wanted to “sow political discord” in America.
“It says the defendants spread derogatory information about various candidates throughout the 2016 campaign and by “early to mid-2016” was supporting Trump’s presidential campaign.
Rosenstein, though, said that after the election, the group worked both to stage rallies in favor of President-elect Trump and in opposition to his election.
Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion has undermined Trump’s presidency. It’s amazing that Trump has accomplished so much in his first year with this shadow over his administration.
The indictment states that the Russian interference did not impact election results. The Russians spent approximately $1,250,000 monthly on their efforts. Compare this to the estimated $1.2 billion spent by the Clinton Campaign and $500-600 million spent by the Trump Campaign.
At long last, will the FBI turn their attention to the one who has truly colluded with the Russians, Hillary Clinton?
It’s time for Mueller to exonerate President Trump and to instead, begin three new investigations.
- A special counsel must be appointed to investigate the use of the “unverified” Trump dossier as evidence on a FISA warrant application (and renewals) to spy on Carter Page and by extension, the Trump Campaign. The dossier was prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele with input from the Russians and sources close to Hillary Clinton and was funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC (which Clinton effectively controlled).
- A second investigation must examine Hillary Clinton’s role in the approval of the Uranium One deal, which essentially gave Russia control over 20% of US uranium reserves.
- A third investigation should look into Hillary’s use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State and her predetermined exoneration by the FBI well before the end of the investigation.
In conclusion, Friday’s indictment was a major event in the Mueller investigation. With any luck, it will end soon. The most significant takeaway from Rosenstein’s announcement is that, so far, Mueller has found no evidence of any Americans (which includes Donald Trump) knowingly colluding with the Russians. Hopefully, Trump will be exonerated soon.
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