Trump ‘Glad to See’ Special Counsel’s Investigation Indicates ‘No Collusion Between the Trump Campaign and Russia’

By Melanie Arter | February 16, 2018 | 5:17pm EST
President Donald Trump (Screenshot of White House video)

( - The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump “has been fully briefed” on the grand jury indictment charging 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies with federal crimes for seeking to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Trump is “glad to see the Special Counsel’s investigation further indicates—that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.”

“President Trump says, ‘it is more important than ever before to come together as Americans. We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful. It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions. We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our election,’” the statement read.

“Russia started their anti-US campaign 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!” Trump tweeted prior to the White House’s statement.

As reported, the Department of Justice announced the grand jury indictment Friday as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The indictment said the defendants posed as Americans and “communicated  with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign.” The defendants did not reveal that they were Russian. It also makes no indication “that any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity.”

“Some Defendants, posing as U.S. persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities,” the indictment stated.

As reported, the indictment further stated that the Russians organized rallies both for and against Trump.

The indictment stated that during the election, the Russian “defendants’ operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump (‘Trump Campaign’) and disparaging Hillary Clinton.”

However, after the election, they both supported and attacked him.

“For example,” the indictment stated, “in or around November 2016, defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally in New York through one organization-controlled group designed to ‘show your support for President-elect Donald Trump’ held on or about November 12, 2016.

“At the same time, defendants and their co-conspirators, through another organization-controlled group, organized a rally in New York called ‘Trump is NOT my President’ held on or about November 12, 2016. Similarly, defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally entitled ‘Charlotte Against Trump’ in Charlotte, North Carolina, held on or about November 19, 2016.”


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