aside Law Fare Blog Explains The FBI’s Indictment Against Russians Infiltrating US Politics

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The US Department of Justice and the FBI’s heads pulled the genie out of the bag on 2/16/18 to prove to the American peoples, the republican President Donald Trump and his sycophants in the US Congress that Russia did indeed meddle bigly in the 2016 US presidential elections. It was announced that a grand jury had approved for the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, an indictment against 13 individuals, mostly Russians who had indeed participated in a massive campaign to undermine our US Democracy.

This coup by the DOJ and FBI personnel with this proof, also displayed in glorious color and fanfare, the professionalism, competence and plain old hard work that it took to complete this work product by our law enforcement pillars. This flies in the face of all those naysayers who have been disparaging the “rule of law” and these law enforcement officials who have been doing our  president’s bidding.

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RUSSIAN CONSULATE IN HOUSTON, TX

It is important that folks read the indictment to get the feel of how far the Russians went to infiltrate our politics in order to have influence. The agents took time to learn about all the hot button topics, guaranteed to set groups of Americans against each other like “Black Lives Matter,” anti-immigration groups, White Nationalists groups, pro-life groups, etc.

They supported candidates like Democratic candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and the Green Party candidate Jill Stein because they both drained support away from the democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, which in turn, boosted the republican presidential contender, Donald Trump.

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There should now be the Texan connection because according to the indictment, this is where most of the Russian operatives were residing. There was a Russian Consulate located in Houston, TX which was closed in 2017 due to flooding.

Both Cambridge Analytica and Harris Media have a history of clients in common including President Trump and the republican Senator Ted Cruz and both are located in Texas. And like Harris Media, Cambridge Analytica was also discretely working for the President in the same time period (campaign), Privacy International can confirm.

It looks like Texas was the epi-center of Russian/ republican activity in 2015-2016.

The other center appears to have been in Florida. This is where rally organizers who weren’t really Floridians—or even Americans, worked in a Russian “troll factory” called the Internet Research Agency. On February 16, 2018, a grand jury indicted the agency, two other Russian entities, and 13 Russian nationals for interfering with the 2016 presidential election.

Here’s the rest of the story…

On February 16, 2018, Sarah Grant, Quinta Lurecic, Matthew Kahn, Matt Tait and Benjamin Wittes penned the following anlysis,  “Russian Influence Campaign: What’s in the Latest Mueller Indictment”

Excerpts:

“None of the defendants indicted Friday (2/16/18) for their alleged influence operation against the U.S. political system is likely to ever see the inside of an American courtroom. None is in custody. None is likely to surrender to U.S. authorities. And Vladimir Putin will probably not race to extradite them.”

“Nevertheless, the grand jury’s charges against the 13 Russians and three organizations mark a significant moment in the investigation of L’Affaire Russe. President Trump has spent the year since his victory casting doubt on the very premise that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Yet here is the Justice Department on the record declaring that the Russia investigation isn’t, in fact, a witch hunt. It isn’t a hoax. It isn’t just a “phony Democrat excuse for losing the election,” as the president has . There really was, the Justice Department is saying, a Russian influence operation to interfere in the U.S. political system during the 2016 presidential election, and it really was at the expense of Hillary Clinton and in favor of Donald Trump.”

“The U.S. intelligence community, of course, already knew this. It has already shouted it from the rooftops about as loudly as the intelligence community announces its conclusions. The intelligence community, after all,  in January 2017 that it had “high confidence” that “President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016” targeting the U.S. presidential election. Before that, it had  in October 2016 that the Russian government was behind the hacking and distribution of emails belonging to the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. None of these public conclusions stopped Trump from publicly casting doubt on Russian interference.”

Link to entire Lawfare post: Russian Influence Campaign: What’s in the Latest Mueller Indictment .

11 comments

  1. Sadly, charges do not equate conviction or even proof. True there were many inferences of Russian meddling, but nothing can be proven in a court of law. There’s no big smoking gun like in Watergate…. unless the FBI does the right thing, step up and release the evidence! Charges and indictments mean nothing if our “brilliant” IC does nothing to prevent this from happening in future elections.

    God forbid Trump gets re-elected in 2020!

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    • Dear !EarthUnited,

      The FBI SC Mueller is a straight shooter and an officer of the court. The indictments were approved by a grand jury. This means that SC Mueller is convinced that he can prove all of those charges beyond a reasonable doubt which is the highest standard of proof that the US has. Yes, I’ll believe SC Mueller over a lot of naysayers. What SC Mueller has, he can prove in a court of law.

      This is not his intent for now. But this is a first major step. Those who know the US Federal judicial system well, know this.

      This step will make a difference. Wait and see!

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Gronda, thanks for sharing. It is sadly comical that the President’s reaction to all of this is more about his belief this exonerates him (it does not) and less about the attack on our country. This man’s ego is so fragile and/ or his guilt so real, he cannot address the threats. Several words come to mind. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      He has to now make a complete reversal of what he has been claiming for months to his base that this story about Russia meddling in our elections was “fake news,” a witch hunt, the Democrats crying because they lost.

      This is going to be a difficult adjustment for him.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Gronda, it will be. Apparently, he has been fuming all weekend. Now, he is saying he did not mean the Russia thing was a hoax, just the part that tried to lay it on him. I am still waiting for him to act like President of the United States and condemn Russia and act. His not acting is indicting of Donald J. Trump. Keith

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