Trump Questions Predecessor's Response to Russian Meddling

Trump acknowledges Russia's meddling in US elections – White House

Los Angeles Times: Indictments by Mueller underscore the seriousness of meddling by Russia

President Trump may have begun the weekend feeling positive - an indictment levelled against 13 Russians for interfering with the 2016 election had not accused him or anyone around him of wrongdoing.

Mueller's indictment charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through a social media propaganda effort that included online ad purchases using US aliases and politicking on USA soil.

The memo has been highly disputed on the committee, but conservatives have pointed to it to charge that the Obama administration was spying on the Trump administration through the FISA process.

If only Joe McCarthy had lived to see this moment, when it is suddenly in vogue to attribute large-scale events in American politics to the hand of Russian Federation and to inveigh against domestic subversion.

Perhaps one might look at the recent Virginia House of Delegates election that produced a tie vote-in accordance with a state law, the victor was determined by drawing a name (which favored the Republican).

A warning to the American people.

The indictment report detailed the makeup of one of the troll farms, which was comprised of at least 80 people with experience in data analysis, graphics, search-engine development, and the manufacture of fictional political stories. Most doubt that the Russians produced fake news to try and help Donald Trump win. Currently, the USA maintains several measures that pressure Russia, including the Magnitsky Act, which targets Russian officials for human rights abuses.

Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr deliberately omitted on federal disclosure forms the fact that his wife, an expert on Russian Federation, worked on the Fusion GPS dossier. Especially former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, who was outraged when Trump insisted that the "results of the election were not impacted". And in any case, it would be meaningless; after all, the only reason that some Russian machination in Wisconsin, Michigan, and/or Pennsylvania could "give" Trump the victory was that he also won in Alabama, Alaska, and 25 other states. In his tweets on Sunday, Trump sought to shift the blame to Democrats for Russia's meddling, saying that President Barack Obama had not done enough to stop the interference.

It is surreal to me that at the same time that we argue, once again, over the personal and community protection provided by the Second Amendment, we are also arguing over the degree to which an adversary used information technology to attack our election system. "But it could also be China", he said during the debate. This helps explain why Trump failed to impose sanctions that Congress passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, why he bizarrely proposed setting up a joint cybersecurity task force with the same government that conducted a major cyberattack against the United States and why he keeps acting as Russian President Vladimir Putin's chief apologist in the West.

In November, during a trip to Asia, he met with the former KGB agent, whom he holds in high regard and has often praised as "a strong leader".

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) almost accused Trump and Putin of being banya buddies - pouring icy cold water all over Trump's claim to the "Toughest on Russia" crown (which is bedazzled with MSNBC headlines). Trump said in his tweet.

"I believe we're watching the emotional breakdown of the President slowly happening in real time", one user tweeted. Rivera said on Twitter on Sunday that he had seen firsthand that the president "was deeply affected" by the time he had spent with victims, "impressed by their courage" and "equally distressed by the savagery of their wounds".

"He's (Putin) not going into the Ukraine, all right?" Trump supporters: As patriots, does this not trouble you? They have complained that it took the federal government almost a year to inform them whether their states had been targeted by Russian hackers.

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