In fact, no one knows if that's the case, and the indictment certainly doesn't make such a statement.
"In order to carry out their activities to interfere in US political and electoral processes without detection of their Russian affiliation, Defendants conspired to obstruct the lawful functions of the United States government through fraud and deceit (...)", the indictment read.
Spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, told BBC News that the indictments provided "no substantial evidence" of Russian interference. Republicans and Democrats should be working together in bipartisan way to confront it.
America is now waiting to see if Donald Trump's campaign had ties with Russian Federation, but the critical issue we need to focus on is why Vladmir Putin helped Trump. Each time a major news story or advancement in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation breaks, Trump focuses exclusively on the investigation into his campaign. Trump supporters: As patriots, does this not trouble you?
It is true that Russian Federation wanted Trump to win.
Politicus USA headlined its story, "Adam Schiff Slams Trump for Being A Coward Who Won't Stand Up To Putin", and in it said, "Trump has never shown any inclination toward standing up to Putin" and that Trump "was reportedly livid when Congress passed the bill sanctioning Russian Federation".
Mueller laid out the charges against the Russian nationals as well as three Russian entities on Friday, according to multiple reports. He also has yet to levy any sanctions on Russian Federation for the election meddling, even though Congress previous year passed legislation requiring him to do so by January 29, 2018.
In his earlier tweet thread about the issue, Goldman wrote that "the main goal of the Russian propaganda and misinformation effort is to divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us".
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As Colbert points out, Trump would go on to tweet 18 times about the news.
Nonetheless, Trump has insisted in a flurry of recent tweets that he's much tougher on the Kremlin than his predecessor, Barack Obama.
For well over a year, President Trump has referred to the Russian hijacking of the 2016 election as "fake news".
Ever since the day Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States, he's been forced to deal with allegations that he's been in cahoots with Russian Federation.
Trump continued to look to Twitter in order to broadcast his opinion on the indictments throughout President's Day.
Russia's Internet Research Agency "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016 USA presidential election", the indictment states.
Sanders had no response to the reporter's follow-up question about why, if Trump takes Russian meddling so seriously, he hasn't then implemented sanctions approved by Congress.