On the other hand, Rosenstein and the DOJ are stonewalling House investigators’ requests for documents related to the agency’s illegal surveillance of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But the Russian nothingburger is full steam ahead.
From Fox News
A federal grand jury has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic Party during the 2016 election, the Justice Department announced Friday.
“The internet allows foreign adversaries to attack America in new and unexpected ways,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said during a press conference.
All 12 defendants are members of GRU, the Russian intelligence agency.
The case stems from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. It comes as President Trump plans to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit in Helsinki on Monday.
The indictment amounted to the clearest allegation yet of Russian meddling in the election, blaming Moscow for the email hacking scandal that rocked the 2016 race by revealing embarrassing and politically damaging discussions by major Democrats. The charges swiftly fueled calls from Democratic lawmakers for Trump to cancel his Putin summit.
……By April 2016, according to the documents, the defendants began to release the hacked materials to the public by using fictitious online personas like DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0.
The indictment comes as Mueller’s team has investigated whether anyone associated with the Trump campaign assisted the Russians.
……during his press conference, Rosenstein said, “there is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime.”
He also said, “There is no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result.
……Russian individuals have previously been indicted as part of the case. In February, Mueller brought a case against 13 Russians and three Russian companies who are accused of setting a “strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election.”
In that case, the defendants are accused of spreading derogatory information about Clinton, denigrating Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — and ultimately supporting Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and then-Republican candidate Donald Trump.
This is the just the latest stupidity. Earlier this year, Mueller’s gang of idiots indicted a Russian company that doesn’t exist. The 13 Russians previously indicted haven’t been arrested, aren’t even in the country, and oh by the way, two of them were here thanks to visas they got from Obama’s State Department.
Two things: Hillary’s corruption and crimes did more to defeat her than any ‘meddling’ by the Russians. The flood of leaked emails simply showcased the vulgar bigotry and dismissive arrogance of Podesta, the DNC, Hillary, Hillary’s aides, and the lapdog media.
Secondly, The Paki IT tech Imran Awan was allowed access to Dem computers in spite of the fact that he had forged security clearances and falsified vetting. Both he and his wife hacked into the Dems’ congressional computer networks, and it was later discovered that they took money from a Hezbollah-connected Iraq politician and sent sensitive intelligence to the Muslim Brotherhood. Yet Jeff Sessions doesn’t think he broke the law. Why is Awan getting a plea deal?
All this shit is a distraction to justify Mueller’s and Rosenstein’s existence.
The HPSCI /Nunez Report outlines the House Russia Investigation, here:
It also covers FISA abuse, the fake dossier, and the illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign.
Mueller’s been looking under every rock in America for Russian collusion, yet he missed this:
He might also want to scrutinize this:
Former national security advisor Susan Rice issued a stand down order to national security council officials developing aggressive options to respond to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a new excerpt from Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump reveals.
NSC officials were reportedly alarmed by Russia’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, including the hacking of Democratic National Committee officials’ emails, and those belonging to Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
Michael Daniel, an NSC official responsible for the Russia portfolio, told to the book’s authors of multiple plans to strike fear in Russian President Vladimir Putin with the aim of ending Russia’s election meddling. These plans included surreptitiously releasing personal information about Putin’s family, which revealed corruption in Putin’s political party, and even crafting a large cybersecurity exercise as a public threat to Russia.
Daniel additionally told the authors that when Rice caught wind of his planning, she called him and berated him.