On Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and disparaging Hillary Clinton.”
In other words the Mueller team has zero Trump-Russia collusion.
An announcement from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said that the government accuses all the defendants of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Five defendants are charged with aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, the Russians began their operation to disrupt the U.S. political system in 2014. So why on earth did it take a Special Counsel in 2017 to discover Russians were stealing identities and committing bank fraud?
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a press conference on Friday to answer questions about Mueller’s indictment.
Rosenstein said, “According to the indictment, the Americans did not know they were communicating with Russians”.
Rosenstein: “The Russians also recruited and paid real Americans to engage in political activities, promote political campaigns and stage political rallies” pic.twitter.com/BcQzI36FGd
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) February 16, 2018
“#Rosenstein repeats no allegation outcome of election was affected. No allegation in this indictment that any American had any knowledge (including in Trump campaign)”
#Rosenstein repeats no allegation outcome of election was affected. No allegation in this indictment that any American had any knowledge (including in Trump campaign)
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 16, 2018