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Russian Nationals Charged With Conspiracy Against US
Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien

Posted on 02/16/2018 12:30:15 PM PST by Kaslin

Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged 13 Russian nationals for conspiring against the U.S. They are accused of interfering with our elections.

BREAKING: A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals “accused of violating US criminal laws in order to interfere with US elections and political processes.” Here it is: https://t.co/4T824L01yk pic.twitter.com/k9nyOicheb— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 16, 2018

"The nationals had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election," the 37-page document reads.

The nationals spent about $1.2 mil for its interference operation, the document continues, reportedly to "support" the Trump campaign and "disparage" the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Some of the defendants spoke with “unwitting” Trump campaign aides.

Despite President Trump dismissing talks of Russian collusion as a "hoax," CNN's chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto said "there has to be read hard proof" in order to pursue indictments like these.

"Do you believe it now?" Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) asked Trump following the news.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein officially announced the indictment from the DOJ headquarters Friday. 

The 13 defendants, he explained, worked with false identification and posed as politically active Americans advocating for and against specific candidates. They purchased political advertisements on social media, staged political rallies, organized protests both for and against president-elect Donald Trump, and pretended to be grassroots activists, while recruiting Americans. 

“These Americans did not know they were communicating with Russians,” Rosenstein said.

No allegation suggests that the nationals altered the outcome of the election.

"They want to undermine public confidence in democracy," Rosenstein explained. "We must not allow them to succeed."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: cnn; fakenewsnetwork; fnn; robertmueller; russia
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1 posted on 02/16/2018 12:30:16 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

But, in their heart of hearts, the media is certain that this was due to the Trump Campaign!


2 posted on 02/16/2018 12:31:43 PM PST by Redleg Duke (Build Kate’s Wall! Never Forget!)
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To: Kaslin

Were they physically present in the US or was this all done online?


3 posted on 02/16/2018 12:32:13 PM PST by posterchild
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“No evidence suggests...”

Exactly. How is it possible to hack machines? Plus, how about all those foreigners who post on facebook about who they feel deserves to be elected POTUS? It all sounds like a bunch of bull unless they can prove that they can do anything to actually alter elections.


4 posted on 02/16/2018 12:32:29 PM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: posterchild

All online. Two of the 13 visited the US in 2014.


5 posted on 02/16/2018 12:33:39 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Kaslin

Most of the trolling that has been criminalized was done after the election, not before.


6 posted on 02/16/2018 12:33:40 PM PST by Trumpisourlastchance
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To: Kaslin
undermine public confidence in democracy," Rosenstein explained. "We must not allow them to succeed."

I missed the part of the indictment where they alleged Facebook, Youtube and Twitter attempted to sway the elections by quashing conservative viewpoints and user accounts.

7 posted on 02/16/2018 12:33:40 PM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Donald J Trump 45th President of the United States !MAGA)
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To: Kaslin

Despite President Trump dismissing talks of Russian collusion as a “hoax,” CNN’s chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto said “there has to be read hard proof” in order to pursue indictments like these.


Nice wording spin. Where does this indictment mention collusion?


8 posted on 02/16/2018 12:34:32 PM PST by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm male.)
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To: Kaslin

“Do you believe it now?” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) asked Trump following the news.


Believe what?


9 posted on 02/16/2018 12:34:57 PM PST by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm male.)
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To: Kaslin

So Russians tried to discredit Hillary Clinton?

There is a joke punch line here - still no proof of collusion between the Russians and Trump.

And don’t look for the accused Russians to wind up behind bars anytime soon.


10 posted on 02/16/2018 12:35:26 PM PST by goldstategop ((In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Forever))
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To: Kaslin

How much BS like this am I supposed to put up with?


11 posted on 02/16/2018 12:37:07 PM PST by Professional
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Unless I’m mistaken. This indictment exonerates Trump and his team, and calls it out specifically. Or am I missing something.


12 posted on 02/16/2018 12:37:11 PM PST by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm male.)
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To: Kaslin

Pro-Trump Russian trolls.


13 posted on 02/16/2018 12:37:27 PM PST by WisconsinRep
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To: Kaslin

This will be Mueller’s swansong of a long public career. He’s going out a laughing stock.


14 posted on 02/16/2018 12:37:56 PM PST by Tallguy
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To: Kaslin

I guess it’s against the law to be Russian and do anything other than give money to Hillary.


15 posted on 02/16/2018 12:37:57 PM PST by Vic S
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To: Professional

How much BS like this am I supposed to put up with?


I enjoy watching them implode. :)


16 posted on 02/16/2018 12:38:36 PM PST by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm male.)
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To: posterchild

On Facebook, I bet. Were there other disparaging remarks on FB about Hilary? haha, come and get me.


17 posted on 02/16/2018 12:38:50 PM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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Doing the job other nimrods won’t do...


18 posted on 02/16/2018 12:40:12 PM PST by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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There is no There in the indictment!

13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections!*

The indictment – the first filed against Russian nationals as part of Mueller’s probe – effectively returns focus to the meddling activities out of Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election, following a string of charges relating to the actions of Trump associates.

Further, the DOJ made clear that the indictment does not allege that any of the interference changed the outcome of the presidential race.

“There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.” - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Rosenstein, though, said that after the election, the group worked both to stage rallies in favor of President-elect Trump and in opposition to his election.

*Excerpted. Go to link below for full story and videos!:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/16/13-russian-nationals-indicted-for-interfering-in-us-elections.htm


19 posted on 02/16/2018 12:40:45 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Never pick a fight with an angry beehive of 64+ million Trump Deplorables. You will lose!)
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To: Morpheus2009
Voting machines aren't connected to the Internet. Only way to "hack" them is direct contact/programming beforehand.
20 posted on 02/16/2018 12:40:48 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (The U.S. Senate - where American freedom goes to die.)
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