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.
“Charges Deal Don A Big Win,” written by Michael Goodwin of the @nypost, succinctly states that “the Russians had no impact on the election results.” There was no Collusion with the Trump Campaign. “She lost the old-fashioned way, by being a terrible candidate. Case closed.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
He then pivoted to Friday's press conference.
Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein stated at the News Conference: “There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
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.
Funny how the Fake News Media doesn’t want to say that the Russian group was formed in 2014, long before my run for President. Maybe they knew I was going to run even though I didn’t know!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
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.