Trump blames Obama for inaction over Russian Federation meddling

Everyone Knows Russia Will Meddle Again But Trump Doesn’t Care

"Defendants and their co-conspirators also obtained, and attempted to obtain, false identification documents to use as proof of identity in connection with maintaining accounts and purchasing advertisements on social media sites", according to an indictment issued Friday by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The 13 Russians are accused of setting up fake accounts using stolen U.S. identities, setting up themed groups and promoting political rallies throughout 2016, using Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. "So why didn't he do something about Russian meddling?"

He also said that after the election, the group worked to sow discord by staging rallies both in favor of President-elect Trump and in opposition to him.

By mid-2016, however, the campaign-under the direction of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin-had become focused on hurting Clinton and helping Trump, according to the indictment.

The Russians attacked our election system in 2016 and will do it again in 2018. A later report from The Post quoted a senior Obama administration official as saying the response to Russia's hacking "is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend", adding, "I feel like we sort of choked".

The Obama administration transferred the money to Iran in 2016, using non-U.S. currency.

Trump's former campaign adviser Michael Caputo on Tuesday bolstered this argument, maintaining that the Russian Federation intervention was real but putting the blame for the post-election discord on the President's political enemies at home. "I think we've unfortunately got more, more to learn and more to come, in the, in the days and weeks ahead".

But on Saturday night, Trump said FBI officials were spending "too much time" on the Russian Federation investigation, linking the issue to last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Mueller's indictment of the Russian interests contended that the Internet Research Agency, a St. Petersburg-based social media company with Kremlin ties, 12 of its employees, and its financial backer orchestrated the effort. Obama also never moved to provide Ukraine with weapons during the Russian-backed insurgency in the country.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said nothing about the sanctions but said the indictment "underscores why we need to follow the facts and work to protect the integrity of future elections".

Both Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate Democratic leader, and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), the dean of New York Republicans in Congress, urged Trump to impose the sanctions Congress passed past year and to come up with a plan to counter Russian meddling in the 2018 election.

While the nearby town of Parkland, Florida, continues to mourn a school shooting that left 17 dead, Russian Federation was clearly top of mind for the president. Military sales represent a considerable slice of Russia's trade with the world, and Trump has moved to loosen restrictions on the sale of USA military equipment.

Trump was last seen publicly Friday night when he visited the Florida community reeling from a school shooting that left 17 dead and gave rise to a student-led push for more gun control.

The United States has failed to provide "significant evidence" of any meddling in its affairs, he insisted.

"I don't believe they interfered", Trump said.



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