Among those Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller indicted today is Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch known as Putin’s “chef” who financed the “Internet Research Agency” that waged “information warfare” on the U.S. electoral system during the 2016 presidential election to tip the outcome in favor of Donald Trump, in exchange for lifting Obama-era sanctions.
Founded in 2013, the Internet Research Agency sought to “sow discord” in the U.S. political system through social media and, by early 2016, began to support Trump’s campaign while actively undermining Hillary Clinton.
As “Never Trump” conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post said this evening on Ari Melber’s MSNBC show, The Beat, 2013 is the same year Trump went to Russia to meet with Putin-linked oligarchs and operatives, including some of the same people who attended what former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon called the “treasonous” Trump Tower meeting.
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) February 16, 2018
According to a July 2017 Politico article:
A crucial visit came in November 2013, when Trump Jr. traveled to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant and met Emin Agalarov, whose father, Aras Agalarov, is a real estate and construction mogul allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin . . . The Agalarovs had advanced talks with the elder Trump for the licensing rights to a tower project in Moscow… The project was halted after Trump declared his candidacy for president in 2015…
At a 2008 real estate convention in Moscow, Donald Trump Jr. said, “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia… There’s indeed a lot of money coming for new-builds and resale reflecting a trend in the Russian economy and, of course, the weak dollar versus the ruble.”
Meanwhile, Eric Trump said to a golf writer in 2014 that he had access to $100 million for a golf course because, “we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’
News broke this morning that in the Mueller case, a U.S. grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for conspiring to defraud the United States, with additional charges of wire and bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, all with the express purpose of helping Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favored candidate win the American presidential election.
Many of the defendants in today’s indictment posed as U.S. citizens to organize rallies, promote or troll candidates, and cultivate “unwitting individuals” within Trump’s campaign and political activist groups.
The court documents elucidate how defendants created hundreds of social media accounts to develop fake “thought leaders” who could help them attack Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, in order to shift support in favor of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
Whoever masterminded the Russian campaign to subvert American democracy is an evil genius. Trump is clearly an idiotic pawn in a much smarter person’s game.
His stupidity, however, does not exonerate his corrupt motives and active participation in the erosion of our nation’s rule of law.
The Special Counsel gets closer by the day to proving the ugly truth behind the Trump-Russia conspiracy.
When the day finally comes to slap tiny handcuffs on the Criminal-in-Chief, democracy lovers around the world will cheer Mueller’s victory.