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Trump tweet promotes article claiming Mueller charges are a 'big win' for the president


WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group/AP) - President Donald Trump issued several tweets Saturday afternoon pertaining to indictments issued to 13 Russian nationals in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The special counsel, led by Robert Mueller, issued the charges Friday afternoon. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein held a press conference to further explain the charges and the counsel's findings.

"The defendants allegedly conducted why they called "information warfare" against the united states with the stated goal of spreading distrust twards the candidates and the political system in general," Rosenstein said. These indictments represent the most detailed allegations to date of illegal Russian meddling during the 2016 campaign.

The president issued his first tweet promoted an article by Michael Goodwin and published by New York Post that claims the charges are "big win" for Trump.

He then pivoted to Friday's press conference.

Rosenstein told the press that in this indictment there are no allegations that any American had any knowledge of the scheme. The indictments allege starting in 2014, Russian Internet Research Agency tried to disrupt the U.S. political system and falsely claimed to be U.S. Advocates. President then blamed the media.

The Russian organization was funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the indictment says. He is a wealthy St. Petersburg businessman with ties to the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin.

Trump quickly claimed vindication Friday, noting in a tweet that the alleged interference efforts began in 2014 — "long before I announced that I would run for President."

"The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!" he tweeted.

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