McMaster Says Evidence of Russia Meddling 'Incontrovertible'

McMaster Says Evidence of Russia Meddling 'Incontrovertible'

McMaster Says Evidence of Russia Meddling 'Incontrovertible'

One day after a federal grand jury indicted more than a dozen Russians in connection with interfering in the 2016 presidential election, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said Saturday, "As you can see with the F.B.I. indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain, whereas in the past it was hard to attribute".

The 37-page indictment filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller described a conspiracy to disrupt the US election by people who adopted false online personas to push divisive messages; traveled to the United States to collect intelligence; and staged political rallies while posing as Americans.

Russia's Internet Research Agency "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016 USA presidential election", the indictment said.

It turns out Donald Trump wasn't the only candidate the Russians allegedly tried to help during the 2016 presidential campaign.

After the Justice Department's Friday announcement, Trump tweeted: "Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President". "So I would just say that we would love to have a cyber dialogue when Russian Federation is honest". The indictments didn't include an allegation that the defendants' efforts impacted the outcome of the election. Trump denies any collusion by his campaign.

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On Friday, Robert Mueller's team released a slate of indictments that lays bare what it asserts is the full shape of the Russian meddling apparatus. "Against the espionage and counter-espionage, against the newest developments and technologies?" foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook. "He needs to stop denying that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election and mobilise a robust federal response", she said.

The fact of the travel of Russian operatives also raises questions about other aspects of the influence campaign.

The company employed hundreds of individuals, from creators of fictitious identities to technical experts, who used stolen social security numbers and birth dates of Americans to stage rallies and post content on social media to meddle in the election.

The Russians measured the impact of their social media operations by tracking the size of the U.S. audience reached through social posts and other types of engagement, such as likes, comments, and reposts.

"Absurd? Yes. But this is the modern American political reality", she added, in the first official reaction from Moscow. "You can publish anything, and we see those indictments multiplying, the statements multiplying".

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In terms of what security looks like heading into the 2018 midterms, Jarae paints a bleak picture, arguing that identity fraud and cyber attacks will "continue to be a weak point that foreign governments can exploit". "There is no time to waste to defend the integrity of our elections and our democracy".

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, said in a statement that he is "glad" to see the committee's work "vindicated" by the indictments.

"With this indictment, the Special Counsel and his team have taken an important step to hold Russian Federation accountable", Sen.

In a statement to the press on Friday, Pinedo's attorney admitted Pinedo's guilt in the fraudulent online banking scheme, but said he did not know he was helping Russians.

Clinton, through her spokesman, Nick Merrill, declined to comment on the indictments, but her campaign spokespeople and aides are responding.

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Pence told Axios on Wednesday, "irrespective of efforts that were made in 2016 by foreign powers, it is the universal conclusion of our intelligence communities that none of those efforts had any effect on the outcome of the 2016 election". Now criminal indictments from DOJ. Trump has been criticized for not imposing stronger sanctions after they were put into law past year by Congress.

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