Washington DC –
US President Donald Trump commented on charges of meddling in the US presidential election by 13 Russian nationals. Trump made the indictment as evidence that his campaign team did not collude with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
"Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for president," Trump said via Twitter- @realDonaldTrump as reported by AFP Saturday (17/2/2018). Trump's statement seemed to emphasize the details of the indictment as evidence that his campaign team was not involved in collusive practices with Russia.
"The election results are unaffected, the Trump campaign team is not violating – no collusion!" he added. Trump refers to the charge of indictments that do not indicate the involvement of US citizens, nor does it conclude whether this Russian intervention affects the results of the 2016 presidential election that won Trump.
In the indictment released by special prosecutor Robert Mueller on Friday (16/2), 13 Russian citizens as well as three Russian companies have been running a secret campaign to lead the US presidential election in 2016. The indictment details Russia's dark operations which began in 2014 and aims to divide the United States and affect American politics including the 2016 presidential election.
In a separate statement via the House White, Trump encourages all citizens 'to unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and elections'.
"We can not let those who attempt to spread chaos, division and hatred, succeed," Trump said in the statement. "It's time we stop partisan attacks, wild and false accusations, and unbelievable theories, which will only serve evil actors' agendas, like Russia, and do nothing to protect our institutional principles," he added.
In the indictment, Mueller suspects starting in mid-2016, the Russian team directed by Yevgeny Prigozhin – a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin – focused on catapulting Trump and dropping Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a US election campaign.
Allegedly, the Russian team involves hundreds of people working in turns with millions of dollars. According to the indictment, a number of Russian team members are disguised as US citizens on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, and post content that affects 'large numbers' of US citizens.
Mentioned in the indictment that this Russian team had time to communicate with some members of the Trump campaign team. But it was mentioned that members of the Trump campaign team were 'unaware of' Russian intervention at the time.
(nvc / rna)