WASHINGTON, D.C. – As is often typical of big news announcements that cut against the prevailing political narrative, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday, in front of a three-day weekend, the indictments of 13 Russian nationals for conspiracy to commit fraud against the United States, bank fraud, and identity theft as they worked to ‘sow dischord’ in the 2016 presidential election.
“The Russian nationals are accused of setting a “strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election.”
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.
“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel probe, said at a Friday press conference. “
The first clarification by Rosenstein that now Americans wittingly participated in any of the alleged activities of the Russian nationals may be the first clue that the Mueller investigation has drummed up zilch as it relates to the Trump campaign colluding with Russia during the 2016 election season.
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Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2018
Importantly, the second clarification from Rosenstein gets to the heart of the initial accusations by the Left in late 2016 and early 2017 – that Russian interfered with and changed the outcome of the election, and thus Trump was an illegitimate president.
“It says the defendants spread derogatory information about various candidates throughout the 2016 campaign and by “early to mid-2016” were supporting Trump’s presidential campaign.
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.
Rosenstein on Friday described a sophisticated operation by Russian organization Internet Research Agency. He said the scheme involved setting up hundreds of social media accounts using stolen or fictitious identities to make it appear like the accounts were controlled by individuals in the U.S. He said the defendants posed as politically active Americans and recruited “real Americans” to stage rallies and engage in political activities.
But Rosenstein said those Americans did not know they were communicating with Russians.”
Russia, with ex-KGB agent Vladimir Putin as its essential dictator, is fond of and well-versed in information warfare, and these allegations would be the latest example of the former Soviet Union trying to weaken and discombobulate its enemies.
The Left played right along, deeming Trump’s election a fraud and the early days in the Oval Office a ‘constitutional crisis.’ The came the chorus from the Left to impeach him.
The partisan battles and blow to confidence int he U.S. political system is exactly what Russia was trying to achieve, and they relied on the unhinged Left as an accelerant for a fire they started covertly.
With these indictments it is an open question as to whether or not there are any more to come from the Mueller investigation, but considering the clarifications made by Rosenstein there is no case against Trump or anyone in his circle.
Case closed? We’ll see. The fire is already burning, and the Left will do its best to make sure it engulfs everything until it takes down Trump.