Trump's tweets on Russian Federation meddling are a big deal… here's why


Special FBI investigator Robert Mueller concluded with indictments this week that Russian Federation did indeed attack the USA 2016 presidential election. In Clark County, he received only 316 fewer votes than Hillary Clinton out of more than 200,000, indicating that his support was not limited to the South or to what West Coast bluebloods dismissively refer to as "flyover states". Quite the opposite, the indictment shows evidence of a lack of collusion. Obama also slapped new sanctions on Moscow over its USA election activity. "The Russian 'hoax" was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia - it never did!"

After months of intense scrutiny over the role the company played in the 2016 presidential election, the social network giant announced it wants to use postcards to verify the identity of advertising buyers to prevent future foreign meddling. "Get back to the basics and make us all proud!"

Mueller, who is investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, indicated in the indictments that Russian operatives sought to use social media to help Trump's campaign bid against Clinton.

Not alleged in this indictment but previously reported were Russian attempts - unsuccessful - to actually penetrate voting systems in many states, including North Carolina.

Investigations have found Russian agents bought political advertisements on the site to create political discord and spread "fake news". There is no doubt in my mind that Putin and Russian Federation want to undermine our political, economic, and social system and that of other Western democracies.

This is a grave threat.

That was a clever subject to exploit, because it fed into conservative conspiracy theories postulating that, because the federal courts struck down a voter ID requirement enacted by Republicans, Democrats planned a massive voter fraud campaign. So why is this not happening?

Trump has so far declined to impose sanctions on Russia for its election interference that were overwhelmingly approved by Congress and sought to improve relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation isn't complete. Well, whose fault is that? "Thank you Adam!" Trump tweeted Sunday. That last item is easily disputed; on Twitter, through press releases, and in interviews, Trump frequently has claimed that Russian Federation did not attempt to influence the election. "The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion!" If it does, those officials should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. How else could Trump have possibly won? As such, the Justice Department has claimed to have identified Russian nationals who attempted to disrupt the elections.

Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told NBC News on Friday that the Obama administration should have established a "more forceful deterrent" and "should have called [the Russians] out much earlier". However, the indictment demonstrates that Russian Federation led sophisticated messaging operations that encouraged at least some Americans to take action. There's just one problem: The quote is taken vastly out of context and therefore misleading. We do see it, and you need to stop. But the Florida FBI office isn't handling the Russian Federation investigation.