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McMaster: Russian interference in the US election is indisputable
The national security Advisor, H. R. McMaster, says the “evidence is now irrefutable” that Moscow is experimenting in the 2016 campaign.
The national security adviser to President Trump said on Saturday that the new FBI charges show indisputably that the Russians experimented in the US elections.
During the Munich conference on security policy in Germany, H. R. McMaster said, “with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now clear” that Moscow is experimenting in the 2016 campaign.
He also ridiculed any move to work with Russia in the field of cybersecurity, saying: “we would like to have a cyber-dialogue, if Russia is sincere about the limitation of his subtle form of espionage.”
McMaster’s remarks in the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies by a federal grand jury for alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential elections to follow. The suit of Robert Miller, special counsel for the Ministry of justice, details of an ingenious plot-wage “information warfare” against the United States
The Russian nationals are accused of, to sow a “strategic goal of discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election”, according to the indictment.
Tech giant executives, including those from Facebook and Twitter, said a couple of weeks ago on Capitol Hill, that Russia is in fact used social media in order to disrupt the 2016 White house race and to sow discord among the voters.
In the indictment filed the first lawsuit against Russian nationals as part of the Müller-the probe into whether Trump’s associates, in cooperation with Russian officials during the elections of 2016.
And there is the investigation includes the question of whether Russia is experimenting in the run-up to the elections, after a series of charges in respect of the actions of the trump employees.
But the justice Department has not in its case, the prosecution allege, that each of the interference changed the result of the presidential race.
“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American who had a knowledge of the participants in this illegal activity. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged behavior changed the outcome of the election in 2016,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is responsible for the special counsel probe, said at a Friday press conference.
Russia’s foreign Minister dismissed the indictment on Saturday, calling it “just talk.”
The question about the charges Saturday while on the same conference as McMaster, Sergei Lavrov responded: “I have no answer. You can publish everything, and we see that to multiply these accusations, to the instructions, to multiply.” He argues that U.S. officials have also said that no country has an effect on the US election results.
Lavrov added: “Until we talk the facts, everything else is just.”
The 37-page indictment, signed by Müller, said the actions described by prosecutors date by one year to 2014.
The defendant is accused of spreading derogatory information about the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton against Republican candidate Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — and, ultimately, the support of the Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and then-Republican candidate Donald Trump.
On Friday, Trump claimed that the charges are proved, there was “no collusion” between his campaign and the Russians.
“Russia started their anti-US campaign in the year 2014, long before I announced that I was running for President,” Trump tweeted after the indictment was unveiled. “The results of the elections were not affected. The Trump campaign has done nothing wrong — no collusion.”
The three people charged in the indictment, the Internet Research Agency LLC, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, Concord Catering.
The 13 Russians charged: Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin; Mikhail Ivanovich Bystrov; Mikhail Leonidovich Burchik; Aleksandra Yuryevna Krylova, Anna Vladislavovna Bogacheva; Sergei Pavlovich Polozov; Maria Anatolyrvna Bovda; Robert Sergetevich Bovda; Dzheykhun Nasimi Ogly; Vadim Vladimirovich Podkopaev; Gleb Igorevich Vasilchenko; Irina Viktorovna Kaverzina, and Vladimir Venkov.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.