18.02.19 Icymi Mueller’s Indictment of Russia

February 20, 2018
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U.S. Indicts Russia

Federal indictment accuses “Internet Research Agency” – a “Russian organization” – as well as 13 Russian individuals of trying to undermine faith in America’s political system and specifically influence the 2016 election.

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Allegations Include:

  • “strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election”
  • Supporting” Trump & “disparaging” Clinton, encouraging minorities not to vote, or to vote for 3rd party.
  • Posing as Americans online & in-person, buying ads & staging rallies.

Important Analysis

“The indictment does not allege collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign and does not assert that Russia’s deeds tipped the election in Trump’s favor. But Mueller’s investigation continues and nothing is ruled out.”

Associated Press “AP Fact Check”A

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Internet Research Agency
aka “Troll Factory”

‘The main idea was to work on people’s thinking, to raise patriotism among the Russian people and to portray the U.S. negatively’

Sergei to New York Times on working in an alleged propaganda shop.

Why It Matters:

  • Symbolic move by U.S. laying out where the investigation into Russian election interference stands.
  • This does NOT signify the end of the investigation.
  • Do not expect the case against the Russians to play out in court.
  • This is the FIFTH round of indictments handed down by the Special Counsel team.

Russia’s Response

“Until we see facts, everything else will be just blather.”

Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, February 17, 2018
Americans of all political stripes must see this charging document as a wake-up call. We must not let partisan divides between Republicans and Democrats blind us to the threat, nor bind us to inaction.”

Washington Post Editorial, Feb 17, 2018

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Did You Know?

Cost of Mueller’s Special Counsel Investigation

$3.2 million

The latest DOJ estimate is ONLY for the first four and half months ending in September 2017.

Full 37-page Indictment (it's Worth-A-Read) & the other Indictments handed down by the Special Counsel thus far…

by Jenna Lee,