Using White House outrage against Russian interference, is Mueller setting up Donald Trump for a claim that he colluded?
The federal grand jury indictment is ludicrous as a claim that the American election was undermined or even threatened. If there is any Russian government connection, then the Kremlin was defrauded into wasting money on the project.
So, is Mueller setting up Trump, by using his own outrage against the alleged Russian plot against him?
First, the indictment claims the Russians sided with Trump against Hillary. This ludicrous claim that a few people using social media can corrupt a national election needs to be rejected outright!
— Peter Douche's Liaison (@SilERabbit) February 17, 2018
Second, while Team Trump has triumphantly said that no collusion was found, by treating the Russian conspiracy as if it was a real threat, they are making Mueller’s case for him. Once it is established that there was a Russian conspiracy, all Mueller has to do is find someone he can pressure to accuse someone in the campaign of knowing about this alleged conspiracy.
A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged illegal interference in the 2016 presidential elections, during which they strongly supported the candidacy of Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Friday.
The indictment says that a Russian organization called the Internet Research Agency sought to wage “information warfare” against the United States and to “sow discord” in the American political system by using fictitious American personas and social media platforms and other Internet-based media.
Internet Research Agency, a so-called “troll farm” based in St. Petersburg, Russia,” was allegedly controlled by a defendant in the indictment named Yevgeny Progozhin, who is a wealthy associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.[…]
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the defendants created hundreds of accounts using fake personas on the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to advance their scheme.[..]
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders soon after released a prepared statement from Trump in which he said, “It is more important than ever before to come together as Americans.”
“We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful. 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 Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions,” Trump said. “We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections.”
While Trump and the White House on Friday were quick to claim that the indictment found no collusion by Trump’s campaign with Russia, Bloomberg News reported that Mueller and his prosecutors have not concluded their investigation on that question.
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