Despite Donald Trump continuing to call the on-going investigation into whether or not his campaign colluded with Russia “fake news,” as well as casting doubt as to whether or not Russia launched a cyber attack against the 2016 election, that doesn’t change the fact that the investigation is very real and Russia did, in fact, launch a cyber attack against our 2016 election.
Now we know that special counselor Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russians and three Russian organizations accused of using social media to try to manipulate the results of the election.
As reported by The New York Times:
The special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations on Friday with illegally using social media platforms to sow political discord, including actions that supported the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump and disparaged his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
The indictment charges that the foreigners falsely posed as American citizens, stole identities and otherwise engaged in fraud and deceit in an effort to influence the U.S. political process, including the 2016 presidential race.
The indictment also alleges that these individuals posed as supporters of Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein hoping to sow discord on the left to hurt Clinton’s chance of winning.
That is exactly what myself, my editor and several others saw and spoke out about during the Democratic primary all the way through the general election. It wasn’t just the pro-Trump forces that we knew were bots and likely Russian agents working to promote Trump, it was a calculated effort to push conspiracies against Clinton in Sanders and Stein groups because these Russians knew that the best way to defeat her was to erode her support.
Don’t forget, out of nowhere, Trump began trying to appeal to Sanders supporters, often using some of the same attacks against Clinton as the senator from Vermont had used during the primary.
It’s not a coincidence that many of the con artists and frauds who claimed to be “pro-Sanders,” when they were really just anti-Clinton, were using many of the exact same talking points Trump and his supporters were using against her. They weren’t really trying to promote Sanders or Stein, they were simply trying to attack Clinton to move as many voters away from her as possible.
I remember talking with people frequently about the fact that there were a lot of odd posts coming from certain “liberal groups” that, at times, often seemed more like right-wing propaganda against Clinton rather than “pro-progressive” anything to do with Sanders or Stein.
These indictments ultimately prove that there was a deliberate effort by Russians to use the followings of Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein against Hillary Clinton despite the fact that, at the time, when Clinton supporters like myself were trying to point that out and begging people to unite to protect the rights of millions, many on the far-left dismissed this idea as a “ridiculous conspiracy.”
While these indictments might have nothing to do with any direct link to this “president,” based on what we know so far, it seems Mueller’s conducting an exhaustive investigation that, in my opinion, is slowly circling in and moving toward Donald Trump.