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Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russians for interfering in the 2016 election

February 16, 2018

  Without question the big news of the day is Robert Mueller’s decision to charge 13 Russians with trying to interfere in the 2016 election, but because this news comes on the Friday of a long holiday weekend it was practically a given that there was still no evidence of collusion with the Trump campaign.

  Here is more:

A new indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller charges that 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities illegally mounted an “information warfare” scheme to influence the 2016 presidential election that favored then-candidate Donald Trump and involved “unwitting” U.S. citizens and Trump campaign officials.

The dramatic indictment reveals even bolder Russian interference than previously known — led by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, a notorious online misinformation operation with suspected Kremlin ties — that went beyond the previously-understood use of “fake news” and social media misdirection.

  We also learned that the interference began in 2014, long before Donald Trump announced he was running for President, with the intent to “sow discord” for the political system in the United States by using social media to organize groups and protests.

  Any contact with Trump campaign officials was unbeknownst to them:

The document does allege that some of the defendants were in communication with Trump’s campaign, but not that Trump officials knowingly colluded with Russia. Its specific charges include conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

“Some defendants, posing as U.S. persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities,” the indictment said.

“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity,” Rosenstein told reporters. “There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.”

  So if anything this means the Trump campaign officials should be counted as victims in the Russian scheme and not as collaborators. After all this time investigating the Trump campaign this is all the Mueller team could come up with but this will be used as justification to keep the investigation going.

  I am not trying to downplay what happened here; Russian interference in our election is a serious matter and we must not let it happen again if possible but I do wonder if this signals the beginning of the end to the Trump collusion angle of the investigation. I am not talking about the mainstream media here, we can rest assured they will continue the narrative.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. petermac3 permalink
    February 16, 2018 11:03 pm

    So then while home grown Americans along with homegrown communists, socialists, Marxists, radical feminists, militant blacks, Hollywood, MSM, imported as well as citizen Muslim terrorists and the governments that enable the illegals invasion along with academia and government elites financed by assorted millionaires and corporate sponsors unabashedly collude in your face to overthrow our government, our constitution, our white males, our culture and our society in general we should give two shits about Russians allegedly interfering in our election the sane way we have in the past interfered with elections around the globe. Hey, generally speaking, everybody does it. Mueller go home.

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  2. February 18, 2018 7:45 am

    We don’t seem to want to own up to our meddling in various elections including Russia’s.

    Liked by 1 person

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