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No more doubt about Russian meddling in election

No more doubt about Russian meddling in election

U.S. President Donald Trump is again blaming former President Barack Obama for mishandling Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump did not, however, say anything especially negative about Russia or Vladimir Putin despite the news that Robert Mueller indicted multiple Russian entities on charges of tampering with the American institutions during the 2016 election.

The president's tweet doesn't jibe with dozens of statements he made about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling - in which he called the idea a "hoax", a "ruse", "fake news" or a "witch hunt" - and at least one direct statement that Russians did not interfere.

The indictment accuses the Russians of organizing an operation that employed more than 80 people, who created fake identities and stole others from actual US citizens to develop a massive online presence and even stage rallies in an attempt to "sow discord" in the election. The indictment said that a Russian propaganda arm had overseen a conspiracy to favor President Donald Trump over his campaign rival Hillary Clinton.

The move comes after Facebook came under fire for allowing Russians to run ads supporting Donald Trump in the last USA presidential election. Before the 2016 Presidential election, almost 10 million Americans saw ads that were linked to Russia's elaborate propaganda campaign.

Despite US intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, Trump has repeatedly dismissed the findings as a "hoax", denied any collusion with Moscow and slammed the ongoing probes as a "witch hunt".

On Friday a federal grand jury handed up an indictment of 13 Russians accused of engaging in a political disinformation campaign targeting the United States since 2014.

However according to the indictment, the ads were only part of Russia's activity on the social-media platform. In July 2016, speaking to a crowd in Doral, Texas, candidate Trump said: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 [Clinton] emails that are missing". He said Trump should implement the sanctions against Russian Federation that Congress authorized a year ago.

Facebook's vice-president of adverts has been criticised for tweeting that Russian-bought ads had not been created to sway the United States election.

Despite Trump constantly denying the allegations, repeating the phrase "no collusion" on a routine basis, reports and evidence say otherwise.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that there was no proof for Washington to support its claims, saying the indictment centered on individuals rather than the Russian state. Trump tweeted on Monday.

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