13 Russians Indicted by Specific Counsel in Very first Charges on 2016 Election Interference
WASHINGTON — The specific counsel (counsel or a counsellor at law is a person who gives advice and deals with various issues, particularly in legal matters) investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election (election is a formal group decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office) charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations on Friday with illegally making use of 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 represents the initial charges (or charged may refer to: Charge (basketball), illegal contact by pushing or moving into another player’s torso Charge (fanfare), a six-note trumpet or bugle piece denoting the call to rush forward) by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller (is a spelling variant of the German surname Müller (“miller”)) III, for meddling in the 2016 presidential election — the fundamental crime that he was assigned to investigate.
In a 37-page indictment filed in United States District Court, Mr. Mueller said that the 13 individuals have conspired since 2014 to violate laws that prohibit foreigners from spending funds to influence federal elections in the United States (may refer to).
The indictment charges that the foreigners falsely posed as American citizens, stole identities (may refer to) and otherwise engaged in fraud and deceit in an effort to influence the U.S. political method, which includes the 2016 presidential race.
“The nature of the scheme was the defendants took extraordinary measures to make it appear that they had been ordinary American political (is the process of making decisions that apply to members of a group) activists,” Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney basic overseeing Mr. Mueller’s inquiry, said in a brief news conference on Friday afternoon at the Justice Division.
Although the Russians are unlikely to be quickly arrested, they are now wanted by the United States government, which will make it tough for them to travel or do business internationally.
All have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants (defendant is a person accused of committing a crime in criminal prosecution or a person against whom some type of civil relief is being sought in a civil case) were also charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud (law, fraud is deliberate deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain, or to deprive a victim of a legal right), and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.
The Net Analysis Agency, operating out of St. Petersburg, was described in the indictment (indictment ( in-DYT-mənt) is a formal accusation that a person has committed a crime) as a hub for a sophisticated operation (or Operations may refer to: Scientific operation Surgery, or operation Operation (game), a battery-operated game of physical skill An operation (mathematics) in mathematics: Graph operations Unary) made to reach millions of Americans to disrupt the political process in the United States. Its annual budget was millions of dollars its stated purpose was to “spread distrust toward the candidates and the political method in general.”
[Study our 2015 profile of the Internet Analysis Agency »]
Folks involved in the conspiracy (conspiracy is a secret agreement by people to commit something wrong or illegal) traveled to and around the United States, going to at least eight states, court papers show, and worked with an unidentified American. That person advised them to focus their efforts on what they viewed as “purple” election battleground states, like Colorado, Virginia and Florida, the indictment stated.
The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitri S. Peskov told the RBC news website that Russian officials haven’t familiarized themselves with the document yet.
Mr. Rosenstein said repeatedly that the indictment does not allege that the Russian operation changed the outcome of the presidential election.
Even though the Russians (refers to anything related to Russia, including: Russians (русские, russkiye), an ethnic group of the East Slavic peoples, primarily living in Russia and neighboring countries Rossiyane (россияне),) recruited and paid Americans to support them stage political rallies and promote political candidates, he said, the indictment also does not allege that any of the Americans knowingly conspired with (or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album),) the Russian operation.
“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American (may refer to: American, something of, from, or related to the United States Americans, citizens of the United States American ancestry, people who self-identify their ancestry as “American”) had any expertise,” he said.
Published at Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:12:25 +0000