(National Sentinel) It’s A Sham: On Friday, just two days before POTUS Donald Trump was to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein took to the dais in Washington, D.C., to announce that special counsel Robert Mueller had indicted 12 Russian GRU officers for 2016 election interference.
The Associated Press reported on the Friday surprise — as Trump remains out of the country in London:
Twelve Russian intelligence officers hacked into the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election and released tens of thousands of stolen communications in a brazen effort by a foreign government to meddle in U.S. politics, according to a grand jury indictment announced Friday.
The indictment stands as the clearest Justice Department allegation yet of Russian efforts to interfere, through illegal hacking, in the U.S. presidential election before Americans went to the polls — and the first to implicate the Russian government directly. It had been sought by special counsel Robert Mueller and comes days before President Donald Trump holds a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
U.S. intelligence agencies have said the meddling was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The effort also included bogus Facebook ads and social media postings that prosecutors say were aimed at influencing public opinion and sowing discord on hot-button social issues.
The indictment lays out a sweeping effort starting in March 2016 to break into key Democratic email accounts, such as those belonging to the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Among those targeted was John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman.
Wow! What a breakthrough, huh?
Uh, no. Not really. In fact, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the information Mueller used to indict the Russian officers has been known for a year-and-a-half.
Moreover, he told Fox Business‘ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, the information was contained in the GOP’s bombshell report earlier this year in which Republicans also announced the committee found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion or that any crime had been committed by the president, which is necessary to prompt a special counsel appointment.
That March 2018 report also noted that there was Russian interference in the 2016 election, and lo and behold, the very same information Mueller used to indict the 12 GRU officers was contained in the House Intelligence Republicans’ report.
Nunes noted that when the report was released the media mocked and criticized the panel’s Republicans as did Democrats. Turns out Mueller used the same information contained in their report for his indictments, said the chairman.
A year-and-a-half later.
“This entire report that you have in front of you,” Nunes told Bartiromo, “all you had to do was get to page four, and you only had to read chapter two, and you would have had nearly everything that’s in the indictment.”
Later in the interview, he also noted how Mueller’s Democrat-aligned prosecutors only claimed that the DNC’s computers were attacked — to support the narrative that Putin was all-in for Trump and was trying to help him win (because they were colluding, don’t you know?).
But the fact is, as Nunes points out, the Russians also attempted to hack the Republican National Committee’s computers as well. Of course, that fact — which is contained in the March 2018 report from the GOP — is not mentioned in Mueller’s recent indictment.
This whole dog-and-pony show is just the latest Deep State jerk-around of POTUS Trump.
Watch the Nunes segment below:
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