Mueller’s Historic Indictments
Of Russian Military Officers
Americans now know a US President was elected with explicit deep-state help
of a foreign power
July 14, 2018
Top photo: Deputy General Rod Rosenstein announcing indictments of Russian military officers. Bottom: CNN News anchor Anderson Cooper and CNN legal expert Jeffrey Tubin.
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(NATIONAL) – If you saw the announcement on television Friday then you saw important US history being made.
Americans should not underestimate either the current national security implications or the historical importance of the bombshell indictments announced Friday by the Justice Department of 12 Russian military officers, accusing them of engaging in very specific cyber-crimes in an effort to influence the US Presidential election in favor of Donald Trump and to the detriment of Hillary Clinton.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the detailed allegations Friday in special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian computer hacking and meddling in the last Presidential election. It was a 29-page, 11-count document.
The Justice Dept. says what happened was a sophisticated, deep-Russian state plot that operated for at least eight months before America’s 2016 Election Day and targeted the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign and the Democratic National Party.
The importance of the historical nature of that announcement, and the plot itself, was underscored on CNN Friday night during a conversation between CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper and the network’s legal expert Jeffrey Tubin, seen in the clip below, who makes it very clear why Friday’s announcement was a deeply historic moment in this nation's history.
He said, "Today is actually a significant moment in American history. We've only had 45 presidents... now we know one of them was elected with the explicit and intentional help of a foreign power... with the aggressive and open support of the candidate.”
Some key elements of the allegations contained in the indictments announced Friday:
~ The Russians stole tens of thousands of documents (and later made them public) by hacking into computers at the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee starting in March and April of 2016. The hackers also got into computers belonging to state boards of elections, secretaries of state and election technology companies (i.e., the US election infrastructure).
~ The Russian efforts to crack into Hillary Clinton’s personal emails began “on or about July 27, 2016” which happened to be the exact day when then-Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump in a speech referenced Clinton's emails saying, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
~ The Russians also allegedly sent "spearphishing emails" to people involved in administering elections, with malware attached. The indictment did not contain any allegation that the conspiracy altered the vote count or changed any election result.
~ All the Russian officers charged were allegedly working for Russia's intelligence service, the GRU, at the time of the hacks.
~ The indictment revealed new details about the extent of the Russian cyber-crime campaign, including discussions some of the Russian hackers allegedly had with a U.S. congressional candidate and a “friendly” journalist.
~ The indictment says the unidentified American congressional candidate allegedly asked for (on or about Aug. 15, 2016), and did receive, stolen documents about this person’s opponent in the race from the Russians.
~ The indictment comes just three days before Trump’s much talked about Finland face-to-face meeting with Russian Preisdent Vladimir Putin. Trump was told about the indictments earlier this week, and still plans to meet with Putin on Monday in Helsinki. MSN.com noted, "Despite this (being told in advance of the indictment), Trump has made no changes to his plan to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki. He has also publicly maintained a positive attitude towards Russia and Putin all week, as he attended meetings in Brussels and London. On Friday, he seemed like he might let stand Putin's denial of Russia's interference in the election, despite evidence to the contrary."
These new allegations bring to 25 the number of Russians who now stand accused in the plot and the fact that 12 are Russian military officers could indicate the sophisticated plot was directed by someone at the highest levels of the Russian government.
A total of 23 people – including four former Donald Trump campaign and White House aides - and three Russian companies were previously charged in the Mueller probe.