US counter-intelligence experts and Congressional investigators probing Russia's use of advertising on Facebook and other digital media platforms have concluded Russia's goal was to influence the U.S.by reinforcing division among Americans as part of its active measures.
He referred to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's charges this week against 13 Russian nationals and a St. Petersburg-based "troll farm", accused of seeking to interfere in the USA presidential election in 2016.
Earlier, Trump tweeted a quote from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who said at a news conference Friday that the indictment does not allege that there was any American who knowingly participated in illegal activity from the Russians. He argued that US officials also have said no country influenced the USA election results.
The federal indictment, which dropped yesterday, charged 13 Russian nationals with illegally meddling with the American political process through a scheme that started two years before the election. "The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion". He bellowed, "We can not allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful".
In a separate segment of "The Ingraham Angle", former CIA Director James Woolsey said the conduct described in the indictment is not surprising to anyone familiar with Russia's history. "Project Lakhta had multiple components, some involving domestic audiences within the Russian Federation and others targeting foreign audiences in various countries, including the United States".
Trump's unwillingness even to acknowledge the scope of the Russian attack or suggest that he'll do anything about it comes off as conspicuously defensive-and suggests fear of what may still be to come from Mueller, who is reportedly close to a plea deal with yet another former Trump aide, Rick Gates.
But it does lay out a vast and wide-ranging Russian effort to sway political opinion in the United States through a strategy that involved creating internet postings in the names of Americans whose identities had been stolen; staging political rallies while posing as American political activists and paying people in the U.S.to promote or disparage candidates.
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The indictment broadly echoes the conclusions of a January 2017 U.S. intelligence assessment, which found Russian Federation had meddled in the election, and that its goals eventually included aiding Mr Trump.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declined to comment today on the US indictments, telling a security conference in Munich that US Vice President Mike Pence and others had raised questions about the investigation.
DiGenova said only political partisans like Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence panel, could continue to insinuate that Trump conspired with Moscow.
While President Donald Trump kept opposing USA intelligence community's longstanding conclusions of Russian meddling, the sweeping indictment proved otherwise. "Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that".
President Donald Trump has consistently pushed back against the idea of Russian Federation meddling in the election that put him in power, dismissing that claim as a hoax and an affront to the legitimacy of his victory.
The president later tweeted that his campaign had done "nothing wrong" and again denied colluding with Russian Federation.
None of the 13 Russian suspects is in U.S. custody.