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Federal Bureau of Investigation charges 13 Russians charges with U.S. election meddling

The indictment was sought through special counsel Robert Mueller who has been tasked with investigating Moscow's efforts to interfere in the election and any possible ties to the Trump campaign Federal Bureau of Investigation charges 13 Russians charges with U.S. election meddling
Kristine Garrett | 18 February, 2018, 03:11

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has announced the indictments of 13 Russian nationals and three companies for alleged interference with the 2016 presidential election. It's time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russian Federation, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions.

On Saturday, continued to help the theme about the indictments not showing collusion but, in two tweets, did not address Russian wrongdoing or possible steps to counter it.

Later, in a White House statement, Trump urged his fellow countrymen to come together and foil the attempts of those "seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancour to be successful".

"While they went to great pains to say they are not indicting any Americans today, if I was an American and I did cooperate with Russians I would be extremely frightened today", said former federal prosecutor Patrick Cotter.

That work, which ended in 2014, had no connection to the 2016 United States election. The indictment says that some of the defendants "communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign".

The charges arise from Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election and whether there was improper co-ordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

For example, the defendants organised one rally to support the President-elect and another rally to oppose him-both in NY, on the same day, the indictment said.

But neither the indictment nor Mueller's office has ruled out any potential collusion in any other plot to disrupt the election.

"So as long as we don't see facts, everything else is just blather", Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference, a day after the U.S. indicted 13 Russians for allegedly running a secret campaign to sway the American vote. He retired from government in 2013 and joined a private law firm where he conducted high-profile investigations.

"By in or around May 2014, the organization's strategy included interfering with the 2016 US presidential election, with the stated goal of "spread [ing] distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general", the indictment said". "These Russians engaged in a sinister and systematic attack on our political system. It was a conspiracy to subvert the process, and take aim at democracy itself", said Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives.

"We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections", Trump added.

Deputy Attorney General Rod J Rosenstein said the indictment served as a reminder that people are not always who they appear to be on the Internet.

"Russia is not our friend and this is another concrete example of their destabilizing actions", he said.

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said the president's denial of the facts about the Russian Federation probe had posed a threat to American democracy.

In pulling off their election meddling stunts, the conspirators allegedly used a host of methods that they needed a way to finance and try not to get caught.

Here is an update of where the Mueller probe stands, nine months after he was appointed.

But on Saturday, HR McMaster, the White House national security adviser, said: "As you can see with the Federal Bureau of Investigation indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain" that Russian Federation had used cyber-meddling to interfere in the election.

Trump emphasized the lack of allegations of any impact on the presidential election.

On one hand, they confirm Russian Federation interference, but they also seem to clear his campaign of knowing involvement with at least a portion of Moscow's efforts to influence the contest.

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