While Donald Trump was in the U.K., saying that the Russian probe is a ‘witch hunt,’ special counsel Robert Mueller was slapping down indictments like nobody’s business. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein held a press conference to announce that 12 Russian intelligence officers were charged in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Rosenstein said that defendants hacked into a campaign’s computer, stole emails and other documents, then used Wikileaks to release that information and pointed to Guccifer 2.0. And Roger Stone, Trump’s former campaign adviser, likely has skid marks in his tidy whiteys because it seems to link back to him and his communications with Guccifer 2.0 and WankerLeaks.
Stone and Breitbart ‘News’ previously claimed that Guccifer 2.0 was a “lone Romanian hacker.” But, it’s not just Stone who should be concerned. The incitements reveal other Americans were involved, too, including a then-registered state lobbyist and “online source of political news,” a reporter, a congressional candidate, and a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump.
According to the indictment, a 2016 U.S. congressional candidate contacted Russian operatives in 2016 and successfully obtained damaging stolen information on his/her opponent.
The court filing does not name the candidate or their party affiliation, or the other individuals but there’s a lot of speculation going on.
The first is Aaron Nevins: “About 10 days later, Nevins received about 2.5 gigabytes of polling information, election strategy and other data, which he then posted on his political gossip blog https://t.co/CQlTOUqPhm.” https://t.co/8V3zVeahIJ
— Adam Richardson (@ajrichar) July 13, 2018
It’s difficult to pin down who the unnamed individuals are and that’s probably because there are so many Republicans who look guilty (we’re looking at you, Devin Nunes), starting from the top. Just hours after Trump asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails at a campaign rally, they did.
Four former Trump campaign associates – Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and George Papadopoulos – were previously charged.
Alex van der Zwaan, an attorney, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation and was sentenced to 30 days in prison in April 2018.
The Mueller team filed new tax evasion and bank fraud charges against Manafort and Gates in late February, potentially increasing the amount of prison time that the two could face if convicted at trial. Manafort is currently in prison waiting for his trial.
Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, was charged and pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI.
Robert Mueller is really good at hunting down witches, huh? He’s moving on them like a bitch.
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