Special Counsel Robert Mueller made his move.
He announced an indictment of 13 Russian nationals for alleged election meddling.
And it means one big thing is true about Donald Trump colluding with Russia.
Mueller’s “big” indictment of 13 Russian nationals for election-related activities was a dud.
He brought charges against them for bank and identity fraud as part of a scheme to buy ads on Facebook and stage political rallies in the United States.
But his indictment deflated the collusion theory.
Far from building the case for collusion, the indictment of Russian nationals and entities for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections documents a narrative that is far different from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign knowingly conspiring with Russia.
The indictment was announced Friday by the Justice Department’s special counsel. The 37-page indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities charges that the Russians stole the identities of U.S. persons to deceptively “communicate with unwitting members, volunteers, and supporters of the Trump campaign involved in local community outreach.”
Specifically, the Russian nationals allegedly impersonated American grassroots activists to distribute pro-Trump material and communicate with “Trump campaign staff” involved in local community outreach for “Florida Goes Trump” grassroots rallies.
The indictment does not once mention the word “collusion.”
The indictment, reviewed in full by this reporter, cites only two instances of the Russians communicating directly with members of the Trump campaign, and both cases involved impersonating Americans. The Russians allegedly utilized a fake Gmail account impersonating an American to contact two Trump campaign workers involved in the campaign’s Florida operations.
No Americans knowingly participated in the activities because the Russians posed as American citizens.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hammered this point home in a press conference.
He stated there was no evidence of Americans knowingly participating in any illegal activity.
NBC News reported:
“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity,” Rosenstein said, adding there “there is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.”
President Trump took to Twitter to make sure Americans weren’t fooled by misleading news coverage.
This indictment was a bombshell in that it was another huge piece of evidence that will eventually vindicate Trump in the Russia collusion conspiracy theory pushed by Democrats and the media.
“Charges Deal Don A Big Win,” written by Michael Goodwin of the @nypost, succinctly states that “the Russians had no impact on the election results.” There was no Collusion with the Trump Campaign. “She lost the old-fashioned way, by being a terrible candidate. Case closed.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
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