The indictment says the Russians worked with "unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign", but Mueller's work is not done. Quite the opposite, the indictment shows evidence of a lack of collusion.
The National Security Advisor to the Trump administration, H.R. McMaster has said to a delegation of worldwide dignitaries that evidence tabled against Russian interference in the presidential elections was incontrovertible.
"Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President".
His indictment said the Russians adopted false online personas to push divisive messages and staged political rallies while posing as Americans, among other charges. This was a well-calculated move with the single objective of spreading distrust in the American electorate towards the nominated presidential candidates and the political system.
It did, however, add to partisan divisions in the United States. So why is this not happening? In October 2016, after the intelligence community stated that Russian Federation had penetrated the Democratic National Committee's computers, Trump suggested the DNC had hacked itself and released its own emails. He also noted that the indictment did not mark the conclusion of Mueller's investigation.
Early on, Trump treated any mention of Russian interference as an attack on the legitimacy of his victory. "It is now harder for Trump to claim that Rosenstein and Mueller are out of control". "The Russian "hoax" was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia - it never did!" If it does, those officials should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. "The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion!"
Karl asked Sanders what Trump is "specifically doing" in the wake of Mueller's announcement. How else could Trump have possibly won?
Trump said that he "never said that Russian Federation did not meddle in the election". Once they concluded Clinton would be elected, the Russian influence effort "focused on undermining her expected presidency". Goldman made a number of claims including one that was retweeted by President Trump himself.
Months before the 2016 election President Obama learned of the Russian election hacking and other illegal acts, and wanted to go public with the news but Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned if he did he would ensure it was seen as a partisan act and an attempt to help Hillary Clinton. It's way past time to address this threat, and we need to do it in a bipartisan manner. In January, Democrats were trying to stop Rep. Devin Nunes from releasing a four-page memo that contained selective information about Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance on Trump adviser Carter Page.