Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian companies Friday for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election by creating “hundreds” of fake social media accounts to share news stories.
“The defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the United States,” said deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein of “Internet Research Agency LLC, a Russian company based in St. Petersburg.”
The Russians are charged with criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States. Surely, anti-Trump fanatics will use the indictment to come after the president. The indictment states that some people “associated” with the Trump campaign “unwittingly” interacted fictitious Russian-created accounts. But no so fast.
The indicted Russians hyped Hillary Clinton and staged multiple protests against President Trump.
From the indictment:
“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.”
The New York Times reported in glowing terms on the anti-Trump protest in D.C. on November 12, which was set up by the Russian defendants. The Times even noted a sign held by a protester that read “Putin Won.”
“They were transgender people, the children of immigrants, and parents toting infants on their back. They were families, students, and men and women of all ages and races. Many carried cardboard signs — “Show the world what the popular vote looks like,” read one, “Putin Won,” said another. As throngs marched through city streets, the participants joined in a cry of “Not my president!”
In one of the largest anti-Trump demonstrations since his election on Tuesday, a mass of people marched from Union Square in Manhattan to Trump Tower, the headquarters and home of Mr. Trump. Protesters marched around one of Mr. Trump’s buildings in Chicago. In Los Angeles, thousands of people marched up Wilshire Boulevard, forming a crowd that stretched for nearly a dozen blocks.”
Also from the indictment, this item, which renders the Russian actors’ motives unclear:
Mueller did not indict members of the Hillary Clinton campaign for using Russian disinformation to influence the election.
The Hillary Clinton campaign issued a press release on September 24, 2016 promoting information from the Christopher Steele dossier.
That press release has almost completely been scrubbed from the Internet, but is preserved in at least one tweet and in an Internet archive sponsored by The American Presidency Project.
The Clinton campaign, which funded the debunked dossier in an effort to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil Trump Tower, actively promoted a “Bombshell Report About Trump Aide’s Chilling Ties To Kremlin.” The Trump aide with the purported Kremlin ties was Carter Page. The “bombshell report” was a Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff headlined “U.S. intel officials probe ties between Trump adviser and Kremlin.”
Rep. Devin Nunes’ intelligence memo makes clear that Isikoff’s article, which was promoted by the Clinton campaign, used Christopher Steele as its source and was used to help obtain the FISA warrant. The FISA warrant application falsely states that Steele did not leak information to Yahoo News.
“We’ve never seen anything like this in American politics,” Hillary for America says in its statement, which called the information in Isikoff’s article “chilling.”
Clinton adviser Adam Parkhomenko tweeted out the statement.
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KENYA: Nairobi News Outlet Declares ‘Barack Obama is Home, Finally’
Barack Obama is home. That is, according to The East African, a verified news agency in Nairobi, Kenya.
The former President is in Kenya as part of a scheduled trip to Africa where he is set to meet with Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of Kenya. Following his visit to Kenya, Obama will then travel to South Africa to meet with political leaders and attend a meeting for the Obama Foundation.
— The EastAfrican (@The_EastAfrican) July 16, 2018
The word “home” was an interesting word choice for the publication, and quickly caught the attention of thousands of Twitter users who noticed that the Kenyan publication was claiming Obama’s home or origin is Kenya, a claim that holds explosive political ramifications.
When Obama ran for president in 2008, questions concerning the legitimacy of his birth certificate came into question when his opponents accused him of having a phony birth certificate. In order to become President of the United States, one must be a natural-born citizen of the U.S., as required by Article Two of the U.S. Constitution.
Many people believe that Obama, who claims to have been born in Hawaii, was actually born in Kenya where his father if from. One of the most famous individuals who publicly stated that they don’t believe Obama was born in the United States was pre-Oval Office Donald Trump.
In 2011, to quell rumors, the White house released a copy of what looks like a long form birth certificate from Hawaii. However, there are many Americans who still believe Obama was born in Kenya, and not on American soil.
During Obama’s presidency, President Trump, prior to announcing his run for candidacy, caused a firestorm on October 24, 2012 when he announced that he would make a $5 million donation to charity if Obama produce his citizenship and college records.
I am happy to donate $5 million to a charity Barack Obama chooses. All I am asking is that he is transparent with the American people
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2012
During an interview in 2014 on Irish TV, Trump said, “The president (Obama) should come clean. A lot of people feel it wasn’t a proper certificate.”
However, in September of 2016, Trump held a press conference in which he said, “President Obama was born in the United States”, causing many on the Left to accuse Conservatives of promoting what they dubbed “birther conspiracy theories”.
Two years later, Trump is President of the United States of America, and Obama has returned “home”, to Kenya, where the local media has claimed Obama as one of their own, a Kenyan.
According to Mwakilishi, “Kenya’s diaspora news leader”, Barack Obama will be accompanied by Oprah Winfrey during his trip throughout Africa. Winfrey recently flirted with the idea of a 2020 presidential run and has been making political waves after she gave a highly politically charged speech about Trump at the Golden Globes in January.
In 2013, President Obama awarded Winfrey with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. However, it is unknown why she will be accompanying Obama on his trip to Africa and why it wasn’t previously disclosed in his official statement about the trip.
“President Obama looks forward to meeting these emerging leaders for the first time, hearing about the extraordinary work they are doing across Africa, and discussing how the Obama Foundation can support their civic leadership development,” Obama’s spokesperson said in an official statement released regarding the former President’s visit to Africa.
Obama’s trip to Kenya is reportedly his first trip back to Kenya since leaving office. However, in June, Big League Politics learned from sources on the ground in Kenya that Obama visited his family in Kenya at the end of June in an unannounced secret trip, which raises the question: What is Obama hiding in Kenya?
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