Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, the Department of Justice announced on Friday.
While all 13 Russians face defrauding charges, some of them also face wire fraud and bank fraud charges as well.
Ingraham told viewers the indictments illustrated how Russian Federation was still a threat to the United States despite then-President Barack Obama's dismissal during the 2012 presidential election. The indictment alleges that Trump campaign associates had "unwitting" contact with the Russians, who were posing as Americans. Earlier this week, we heard Vice President Pence claim that the intelligence community had concluded that any meddling did not affect the outcome of the election.
The agency's funding came through a catering company owned by Evgeny Prigozhin, who is among those charged in the indictment and is widely considered to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now there are concrete charges that Russians defrauded the U.S. government, with memos and other evidence to back up the allegations.
After the election, they continued to spread confusion and chaos, staging rallies both for and against Mr. Trump, in one case on the same day and in the same city.
In 2014, the agency established a "translator project" to focus on the United States population.
The indictment also shows how Russians used bogus social media to stir that distrust.
But while McCarthy urges the government to prosecute visa fraud as aggressively as possible, he says the Mueller indictments might create more problems than they solve. "Ohio Wants Hillary 4 Prison", an ad posted in July 2016 said. In June 2016, for example, prosecutors said that the Russians "and their co-conspirators" communicated with a "real US person affiliated with a Texas-based grassroots" organization who suggested they focus on politically competitive "purple states".
On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments handed down from a grand jury connected to the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian activities during the race for the White House. "Maybe they knew I was going to run even though I didn't know!"
On Friday, Trump seemed to say that the new indictments should put an end to allegations of campaign collusion. Prior to this indictment, Mueller had filed indictments against four people tied to the Trump campaign including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort. Two, Flynn and George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to working with FBI agents and agreed to cooperate with the investigation.
Three Russian companies are also named in the indictment. But that's not the whole picture, either, since Facebook has calculated that, with the help of unpaid posts, as many as 126 million Americans saw content pushed by Russian operatives, whereas only around 10 million are estimated to have seen the paid ads.
The indictment says, "Defendants and their co-conspirators paid these individuals to complete the requests".
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