Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said on Friday that a federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering with U.S. elections and political processes.Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and the Russian Internet Research Agency shows a wide range of interference in the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton.
Here are some key points from the indictment:
Unknown Trump official contacted
The Russians reached out to a still-unnamed campaign official at Trump’s campaign website to get information on how it was organizing rallies in Florida and New York. They got the official’s name from the Facebook page of the real “Florida for Trump” campaign, the indictment said.
More than 100 U.S. people helped
While the Russians coordinated the interference, they worked with more than 100 U.S. citizens, the indictment said. In one case, the Russians learned from an unnamed “real U.S. person that they should focus their activities on ‘purple states’ like Colorado, Virginia & Florida.” The Americans, the indictment said, did not know they were communicating with Russians.
Florida Trump official contacted Russians
On or about Aug. 15, 2016, the indictment said, a Florida-based political activist identified as a Florida county chairman for the Trump campaign contacted the defendants to identify “two additional sites in Florida for possible rallies. Defendants and their co-conspirators subsequently used their false U.S. persona accounts to communicate with the activist about logistics and an additional rally in Florida.”
Tried to suppress black voters
“On or about October 16, 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used the ORGANIZATION-controlled Instagram account ‘Woke Blacks’ to post the following message: ‘[A] particular hype and hatred for Trump is misleading the people and forcing Blacks to vote Killary. We cannot resort to the lesser of two devils. Then we’d surely be better off without voting AT ALL,” the indictment said.