This vile and self-serving accusation reveals the shallowness of the president's understanding of what Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is all about. "We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections". The 37-page indictment was filed against 13 Russian individuals as well as three Russian entities; while all involved are being indicted with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., several individuals were also indicted on counts of wire and bank fraud as well as aggravated identity theft.
It did, however, add to partisan divisions in the United States.
"Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election". The indictment also claims that some Russian nationals who posed as United States citizens using identity fraud made contact with unwitting individuals drawn from the Trump presidential campaign team and other political activists to coordinate political rallies and other campaign activities.
Mueller's indictments accuse the Russians of trying to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, and it is unclear why the Facebook executive could say with certainty he knew what the Russians' intent was.
Early on, Trump treated any mention of Russian interference as an attack on the legitimacy of his victory.
Trump repeatedly rejected the assertions by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation was behind the hacking. It has to do with Trump.More news: 'Black Panther' tops 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in historic opening
In addition, Rosenstein said, "There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity" of swaying the election in Trump's favor.
A top state election official pressed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday to explain why President Donald Trump continues to downplay the threat of Russian hacking while the nation's intelligence agencies and members of the president's Cabinet warn that Russians are likely to interfere again.
The Russian nationals had made preparations for their campaign in 2014 and carried out their actions in 2016 and after the elections. "I wouldn't trust us if we said we did".
To focus exclusively on the question of whether Russian Federation tipped the election, however, shows a limited understanding of what's at stake.
U.S. intelligence chiefs warned earlier in the week that Russian meddling has continued and poses a threat to the USA mid-term congressional elections in 2018. Yet the fact that Russian Federation launched an audacious, large-scale influence-and-disrupt operation in the United States is alarming, whether it succeeded or not. Mueller's document claimed that Russian operatives used platforms such as Facebook to promote memes, plan rallies, create fake accounts and generally pit American citizens on the left and right against each other in order to create chaos within the country. In an announcement Monday, the Russian government is refuting the indictment implicating 13 Russian nationals of colluding in US politics.
Speaking at a security conference in Munich Saturday, National Security Advisor HR McMaster called the evidence of Russian interference in U.S. democratic processes "incontrovertible".