Lavrov Calls US Meddling Indictments 'Claptrap'

US President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met at the White House in May 2018More

US President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met at the White House in May 2018More

United States President Donald Trump on Friday announced that a new round of indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation shows his campaign "did nothing wrong" and prove there was "no collusion" with Russian Federation.

The president later tweeted that his campaign had done "nothing wrong" and again denied colluding with Russian Federation.

One of them is the Internet Research Agency, based in St Petersburg, which the 37-page indictment said "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election".

Mueller's sprawling investigation has led to the indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates.Former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about their contacts with Russian officials.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump quoted Goldman as tweeting, "I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal".

According to The New York Times, along with the 13 nationals, three Russian organisations were also accused of illegally using social media platforms to influence the Presidential elections of the United States.

"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity", said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

One of the 13 Russians indicted by the United States for interfering in the American presidential election says the USA justice system is unfair.

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The 37-page charging document alleges that the Russian conspirators sought to coordinate their effort with Trump campaign associates, but it does not accuse anyone on the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russians. "There is no allegation in the indictment that the charge conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election".

Perez points to the indictment as proof that the 2016 election was marred by Russian interference; including hacking into the DNC by Russian operatives as well as hacking into voter registration systems across the country, along with the now ubiquitous understanding of the Russian presence on social media and their attempts to foster disagreement and manufacture intense contention among already disagreeing Americans online.

Trump is right that there is no evidence of collusion in the indictment that was announced Friday. "Maybe they knew I was going to run even though I didn't know!" "And if Republican leaders in Congress can't put the interests of our democracy before politics, they have no place in Congress".

The indictment described it a "sophisticated, multi-year and well-funded operation" also dubbed as "Project Lakhta", which began as early as May 2014 and continued until after the elections. "Russian Federation attacked the United States of America", Smith said on "Shepard Smith Reporting". By 2016, numerous groups had grown to hundreds of thousands of followers, the indictment said.

Members of the Russian organization Internet Research Agency are accused of posing as USA citizens on social media starting in 2014, creating fake accounts that posted derogatory information about several candidates running in the election. A third adviser to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Though, I'll tell you who this totally vindicates.

FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: When you're asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russian Federation.

The president routinely mocks the idea of Russian meddling in US elections.

"If there were meetings between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and the Trump campaign officials encouraged the Russians or guided them to particular types of work, or provided them assistance so that they could focus their interference, that would be collusion", said Whiting, a former federal prosecutor.

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