Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office indicted 13 Russian nationals and three foreign “entities” with election meddling Friday; saying the international agents interacted with “unwitting individuals” within the Trump campaign and other political organizations.
The indictment claims Russian nationals intentionally defrauded the US election system by buying advertisements on social media as well as attempting to coordinate with American political groups.
“Some defendants, posing as U.S. persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities,” said the statement from the special counsel’s office.
“Defendants made various expenditures to carry out those activities, including buying political advertisements on social media in the names of U.S. persons and entities,” it adds.
According to court filings, Mueller believes the Russian nationals purchased upwards of $100,000 of advertisements on Facebook, potentially reaching over 120 million Americans in the run-up to the 2016 election.
BREAKING: Robert Mueller INDICTS 13 RUSSIANS for Election Interference
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office indicted 13 Russian nationals and three “entities” in his ongoing probe of foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election; making the charges the latest developments in his months-long investigation into Russian “meddling.”
The publicly available indictment says the foreign actors sought to “defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the US political and electoral process, including the presidential election of 2016.”
The announcement also specifies that three Russian nationals are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, with five facing charges of “aggravated identity theft.”
More information as it becomes available.
Mueller's Attorney VISITED CLINTONS on Election Night
A senior attorney on special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team has even more connections to the Clinton campaign than previously thought; attending Hillary’s election night soiree in New York City along with other senior aides, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Andrew Weissmann, described by the New York Times as Mueller’s “pit-bull,” allegedly attended the Clinton Campaign’s supposed victory party last November.
“Mr. Weissmann also attended Hillary Clinton’s election-night party at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, according to people familiar with his attendance,” writes the Journal.
Earlier this week, government watchdog agency Judicial Watch released an email exchange between the attorney and acting Attorney General Sally Yates, praising her decision to rebuke President Trump’s initial travel ban.
“I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects,” he wrote in late January.
Weissmann’s anti-Trump bias, along with other senior officials scattered throughout the special counsel’s office, raises serious ethical and legal questions over Mueller’s probe into Russia-Trump collusion in the 2016 election.
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal urged Robert Mueller to step-down from his position, citing a host of conflicts of interest and the recent revelations regarding anti-Trump political bias throughout the investigation.