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Mueller Indicts Thirteen Russian Nationals With Aiding Trump Campaign

NBC News: “For more than a year, President Donald Trump has insisted that Russians did not interfere in the 2016 election, going so far as to call such allegations a ‘hoax’ and a ‘made-up story.'”

“On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating the Trump team, filed indictments filled with cold, hard fact, charging 13 Russian nationals with executing an incredibly sophisticated cyber-based operation to aid Trump’s bid for the presidency.”

“In other words, Mueller called Trump’s bluff.”

The Guardian: “What [Mueller] delivered in Friday’s indictment were the first charges for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. He is getting to the heart of the matter.”

“The special counsel also buried once and for all Donald Trump’s mealy-mouthed obfuscations over whether Russia was responsible for this confidence trick of breathtaking scope and scale. Former CIA director-general Michael Hayden has described it as the political equivalent of the September 11 terrorist attacks.”

“As Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House intelligence committee, noted on Friday, the indictment ‘leaves open’ the question of whether Americans – including any involved in the Trump campaign – deliberately played a role in Russia’s industrial-scale election meddling.”

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