Robert Mueller’s team has indicted another 12 Russians, and Democrats are celebrating the news. But, as they issue statements and appear on their favorite media shows, touting their supposed vindication, they are leaving out one important note, but President Donald Trump quickly corrected them.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian military members on Friday, accusing them of hacking the servers of the Democrat National Committee and attempting to influence the 2016 presidential election. The announcement was music to the ears of Democrats who want an excuse to explain how Hillary Clinton, a major favorite to become the 45th President of the United States, was defeated by Trump.
“The indictment charges 12 Russian military officers by name for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” Rosenstein said as President Trump was meeting with Queen Elizabeth in England.
“In an effort to conceal their connections to Russia, the defendants used a network of computers around the world,” Rosenstein said. “The conspirators corresponded with several Americans during the course of the conspiracy through the internet.”
The announcement was quickly seized upon by top Democrats. Sen. Chuck Schumer said that President Trump should cancel his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin because of the indictments.
“These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win,” the New York Democrat senator said in a statement. “President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections. Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy.”
California Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi also warned the president that he would be betraying the United States if he did not address election meddling with the Russian president:
“The Russians waged a massive, concerted operation to interfere in our elections, and they will do so again in the fall. Strong, immediate action is needed to secure our state election systems, yet Republicans are wasting the country’s time with sham hearings while refusing to provide a single additional penny to protect our elections. The stakes for the upcoming Trump-Putin meeting could not be higher. President Trump must demand and secure a real, concrete and comprehensive agreement that the Russians will cease their ongoing attacks on our democracy. Failure to stand up to Putin would constitute a profound betrayal of the Constitution and our democracy. Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation has now returned 32 indictments and multiple guilty pleas. This investigation is working, and must be allowed to continue to do its job free from the White House and GOP’s interference. The integrity of our democracy is at stake.”
Former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta spoke to CNN and said, “I think it’s an important step and shows that at the heart of the Mueller investigation is a set of serious questions and as I said, at the heart of it is criminal activity that occurred by the Russian government. The President will have the opportunity to confront President Putin with that when he sees him on Monday. I don’t hold out too much hope that he’ll take this any more seriously than he has over the last 18 months.”
Those sentiments were shared by many more Democrats, but they forgot to mention one important fact. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein said that there was no evidence of collusion with the Russians and President Trump’s campaign.
“There is no allegation in this indictment that the Americans knew they were corresponding with Russian intelligence officers,” he said. “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result.”
In a statement from The White House, President Trump touted that statement as vindication for himself and his campaign. “Today’s charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result,” deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters said. “This is consistent with what we have been saying all along.”
“The indictments Rod Rosenstein announced are good news for all Americans. The Russians are nailed. No Americans are involved. Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent,” the president’s attorney, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter.
The indictments Rod Rosenstein announced are good news for all Americans. The Russians are nailed. No Americans are involved. Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent.
— Mayor Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) July 13, 2018
As Democrats continue their media tour, do not expect them to mention this important fact. The president has, again, been vindicated of the charges that he and his campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. But ignoring the facts does not make them incorrect. The American people get it. They are not as dense as the Democrats think.