Mueller charges 13 Russians with meddling in 2016 race

At a presser just now, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein reiterated this, claiming that "there's no allegation in this indictment" that any American was aware of the alleged crimes.

While former Secretary of State and President Trump opponent Hillary Clinton remained silent on news of an indictment against 13 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 election, her spokesperson lashed out on Trump on Twitter, calling him "un-American".

Read the entire indictment in the window below. He argued in April 2016 that the United States' failing to predict Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions was "the biggest intelligence failure that we've had since 9/11". Mueller still wants to interview Trump himself, for one.

Trump's doubts about Russia's role in the election drew considerable attention in September 2016, at his first presidential debate with Clinton.

Trump emphasized the lack of allegations of any impact on the presidential election.

"Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President".

On Saturday, continued to help the theme about the indictments not showing collusion but, in two tweets, did not address Russian wrongdoing or possible steps to counter it.

Russian Federation started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President.

U.S. President Donald Trump has consistently pushed back against the idea of Russian Federation meddling in the election that put him in power, dismissing that claim as a hoax and an affront to the legitimacy of his victory.

Some Trump campaign officials also helped the Russian meddling - unknowingly, the indictment says.

The special counsel also buried once and for all Donald Trump's mealy-mouthed obfuscations over whether Russian Federation was responsible for this confidence trick of breathtaking scope and scale.

Russians accused of plotting to influence 2016 election indicted
If an American helped direct the Russian acts, that could lead to charges as well, said Harvard Law School Professor Alex Whiting. Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin , center, around his factory outside St.

"There's much talk about state interference in the electoral process but I haven't seen a single fact to date", Lavrov said, according to the Tass news agency. His team noted that the Russian efforts to sow discord are also said to have benefited Bernie Sanders, who was running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

- The president's failure to take action to protect the USA election system and prevent another assault on our democracy - a real and ongoing concern voiced by the unanimous testimony of his top intelligence officials - appears to be a gross dereliction of Trump's duties and an abrogation of his oath.

The White House was sent reeling by the Florida school massacre, new indictments in the Russian Federation probe, its own mishandling of domestic abuse claims against a top staffer, allegations that Trump covered up extra-marital affairs and another huge immigration fail.

"The Internet Research Agency, based in St. Petersburg, Russia, was named in the indictment as the hub of an ambitious effort to trick Americans into following Russian-fed propaganda that pushed US voters toward then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and away from Democrat Hillary Clinton".

They had a "strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system" and by mid-2016 were supporting Mr Trump's campaign and Ms Clinton.

"They engaged in operations primarily meant to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump", the indictment alleges.

The charges say that Russians also communicated with "unwitting individuals" associated with the Trump campaign and other political activists to coordinate activities.

Analysts said there was little prospect the 37-page indictment would lead to prosecutions.

"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity".

Rosenstein added that the special counsel's investigation is ongoing.

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