13 Russian Nationals Indicted Regarding The 2016 Election

New Investigations Prove Russian Connection to the Election

James Haberstich, Co-Editor In Chief

On Friday, February 16, 2018, 13 Russian nationals and 3 companies were indicted by the justice system in regard to the 2016 election. The supposed goal of these nationals and companies was to boost the Trump campaign (Nytimes.com). These were not the only charges however, as three of the defendants were charged in bank fraud and wire fraud, and five defendants were charged with aggravated identity theft (Cnn.com). According to prosecutors on the case, the accused Russians stole American identities, posed as political activists, and used hot-button issues such as immigration, race, etc. to further divide the people of the United States..

A picture of Rob Mueller, the special counsel leading the indictment investigation. Photo credit to www.talkingpointsmemo.com.

There have also been contacts between some of the Russian defendants and some of the people involved in President Trump’s presidential campaign. Noting this, Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel leading the investigation, did not accuse President Trump or his associates as knowingly being involved in any conspiracy. After hearing of the indictment and the new ideas in possible collusion with President Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian agents, President Trump had this to say on Twitter, “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!” (Nytimes.com). The White House also stated, “It is more important than ever before to come together as Americans. We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful. It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions. We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections.” (Npr.org).

A photo of President Trump. Photo credit to www.thedailybeast.com.

There have been no rulings on the charges issued in the indictment, but there is still a lot currently being investigated. The exact amount of influence the Russians had in regard to the 2016 election is still unclear, but as time goes on, more and more will be revealed.