Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, July 17th, 2018 - 206 comments
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Clearly there is nothing to see here. Russia did not interfere in the late US election. All that fake news was just random posts by unconnected individuals, not evidence of sinister covert action by one of America’s enemies to undermine its democratic system.
And what does Robert Mueller know? His latest indictment charging 12 Russian military officers effectively states that the US thinks it can prove beyond reasonable doubt that there was illegitimate Russian interference in the last election. But what does he know?
The background to the indictment is in this article from the New York Times which includes this passage:
The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election issued an indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign. The indictment came only three days before President Trump was planning to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Helsinki, Finland.
The 29-page indictment is the most detailed accusation by the American government to date of the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 election, and it includes a litany of brazen Russian subterfuge operations meant to foment chaos in the months before Election Day.
From phishing attacks to gain access to Democratic operatives, to money laundering, to attempts to break into state elections boards, the indictment details a vigorous and complex effort by Russia’s top military intelligence service to sabotage the campaign of Mr. Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
The timing of the indictment, by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, added a jolt of tension to the already freighted atmosphere surrounding Mr. Trump’s meeting with Mr. Putin. It is all but certain to feed into the conspiratorial views held by the president and some of his allies that Mr. Mueller’s prosecutors are determined to undermine Mr. Trump’s designs for a rapprochement with Russia.
Trump does not believe a word of it. And Putin was not aware that the indictment had even been laid. As if.
Trump – "There was no collusion…we ran a brilliant campaign and that's why I'm President."
Putin – "The issue of these 12 alleged intelligence officers of Russia. I don't know the full extent of the situation, but President Trump mentioned it and I will look into it." pic.twitter.com/sJ3ZISQU8V
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 16, 2018
And a question about the issue that has kept the world on tenterhooks, is there a pee tape, was answered by Putin with quite possibly.
Lets leave the last word to the POTUS from two years ago.
The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016