Rod Rosenstein has briefed the public.
- ROSENSTEIN: INDICTED INDIVIDUALS CONDUCTED INFORMATION WARFARE
- ROSENSTEIN: INDIVIDUALS SOUGHT TO CREATE DISTRUST OF SYSTEM
- ROSENSTEIN: GROUP ESTABLISHED PROJECT FOCUSED ON U.S. IN 2014
- ROSENSTEIN: NO CHARGE THAT ANY AMERICAN WAS KNOWING PARTICIPANT
- ROSENSTEIN: NO ALLEGATION OF ANY EFFECT ON OUTCOME OF ELECTION
If Trump was already mad at Rosenstein, he’s going to be even more angry now, although ol’ Rod is going out of his way to make it clear that any U.S. persons involved were “unwitting” participants.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 16, 2018
Listen, Robert Mueller ain’t down with this whole Russian meddling thing, ok?
Apparently, when he’s not busy deconstructing how Trump and co. went about trying to obstruct the FBI investigation into any possible collusion between the President’s campaign and the Kremlin, Mueller is zeroing in on the trolls because on Friday, we learn that the special counsel has indicted 13 Russians in connection with a conspiracy to dupe America.
- MUELLER INDICTS 13 RUSSIANS FOR HACKING DURING U.S. ELECTION
- MUELLER’S OFFICE SAYS NONE OF THE RUSSIAN DEFENDANTS IN CUSTODY
Specifically, the U.S. is alleging that 13 Russian nationals and “other entities” where out to “defraud the U.S. in relation to 2016 elections.”
Ain’t that somethin’? Who knew? I mean, other than the entire U.S. intelligence apparatus that Trump spends his days trying desperately to discredit.
Given what is reported in the Mueller Russia indictment that dropped a few mins ago, it is astounding that Trump kept dismissing what his intelligence professionals told him. His judgment is beyond atrocious. https://t.co/uEE0pNOnIJ
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) February 16, 2018
Here’s Asha with a friendly reminder:
Re-upping this thread in light of the breaking 8-count grand jury indictment against 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities. Incidentally, note that the charges mainly revolve around conspiracy…anyone who helped them in any way would also be guilty (a.k.a. "collusion") https://t.co/9HUmAfAqVi
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) February 16, 2018
It’s the Internet Research Agency that’s implicated here and for those unfamiliar, that’s the St Petersburg-based troll farm. Notably, this is the first criminal case to accuse Russians of seeking to sway the outcome of the election.
The individuals are accused of using fake personas and utilizing social media to disparage Clinton and to assist in the election of Trump.
“Some suspects allegedly communicated with ‘unwitting’ Trump campaign aides.” pic.twitter.com/C1JTkAt0bC
— Pedro da Costa (@pdacosta) February 16, 2018
That whole “unwitting target” thing is probably just bait to get anyone involved to come forward willingly – i.e. we’ll consider you “unwitting” if you go ahead and tell us what we damn well know you did.
By the way, these are your markets on algos:
Sell any headline with “Mueller” in it.
Here’s the full indictment: