Mueller Charges 13 Russians With US Election Tampering

Feb 17, 2018, 00:38
Mueller Charges 13 Russians With US Election Tampering

A spokesman for the Kremlin says he is not yet familiar with the indictments.

It claims that Russians obtained American identities and used those false identities to carry out the plot. A Justice Department spokeswoman says Pinedo did not know at the time he was dealing with Russians.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation, leaves the Capitol in Washington, in a June 21, 2017, file photo.

"Thirteen people meddled in the USA election?!"

According to the indictment, the Russians created an email address,, to purport to be a USA person in order to send out press releases in June 2016 for a "March for Trump" rally to NY media outlets. That activist is not named in the indictment.

The indictment cites American laws regulating the activities of foreigners to prevent "improper foreign influences on USA elections and on the US political system".

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Sanders's statement comes on the heels of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's indictment Friday of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election.

"The Americans are very emotional people, they see what they want to see". In the more than 10 years since establishing a relationship with Putin, his business has expanded to services for the military.

The Russians tracked the metrics of their effort in reports and budgeted for their efforts. The conspirators also targeted Democrat Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen.

Mr. Mueller was charged with investigating Russian meddling into the 2016 election, and has already won indictments and guilty pleas from several figures connected with Mr. Trump's campaign.

Rosenstein said there was no indication that any Americans involved in the alleged disinformation campaign were aware of the Russians' plans.

"This indictment serves as a reminder that people are not always who they appear to be on the Internet", Rosenstein told a news conference.

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The Internet Research Agency's funding came through a catering company owned by Evgeny Prigozhin, who is among the 13 charged in the indictment and is widely considered to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"They also bought ads on social media sites, presented themselves on Facebook as "Secured Borders" and promoted hashtags on social media such as "#Hillary4Prison" and "#TrumpTrain".

He added that there was also no judgment on whether the campaign "altered the outcome".

By the start of the 2016 general election, prosecutors say, the aim of the posts were to lift up then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and tarnish his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

"The nationals had a strategic goal to sow discord in the USA political system, including the 2016 US presidential election", the 37-page document reads. Russian agents also allegedly paid for rally organizers to hire an actress to play Hillary Clinton wearing a prison uniform.

Special counsel Robert Mueller won indictments Friday charging 13 Russian nationals and several companies with interfering in the 2016 US election in order to aid President Trump.

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