January 30, 2019

THERE'S A REASON THEY DON'T APPEAR TO DEFEND THEMSELVES:

Remember Mueller's Russia Indictments? They Matter Now More Than Ever. (KIM WEHLE, JANUARY 30, 2019, The Bulwark)

In the two conspiracy indictments pending in the Russia probe, the grand jury charged the defendants with attempting to sow discord within the American electorate--and to help Trump win the presidency--by interfering with the lawful functions of the U.S. government. The conspirators allegedly took a number of steps to achieve these goals, such as creating social media accounts of fictitious U.S. persons; holding fake rallies to shape public opinion; planting derogatory public information about Trump opponents Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio; hacking the email accounts of Clinton's staff; and staging the release of stolen data in order to heighten its impact on the 2016 presidential election.

The Trump campaign was involved. That much is clear from the grand jury's charging papers.

In paragraph 44, the July indictment states that:  "On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, wrote to a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, 'thank u for writing back . . . do u find anyt[h]ing interesting in the docs I posted?'"

"On or about August 17, 2016, the Conspirators added, please tell me if I can help u anyhow . . . it would be a great pleasure to me."

"On or about September 9, 2016, the Conspirators, again posing as Guccifer 2.0, referred to a stolen DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] document posted online and asked the person, 'what do you think of the info on the turnout model for the democrats entire presidential campaign.' The person responded, '[p]retty standard.'"

And in paragraph 43: "On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for the U.S. Congress. The Conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate's opponent."

That's correct. A candidate for U.S. Congress requested and received stolen documents regarding a political opponent from Guccifer 2.0--the same entity behind the illegal hacking of the Democratic National Committee computer network and subsequent email dump. Guccifer 2.0 is operated by Russia's GRU.

The most hilarious part of the Russian charges is the lawyers who show up to claim their clients don't exist.
Posted by at January 30, 2019 1:17 PM

  

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