Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth responded to today’s bombshell indictments in Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation. Her statement is a reminder that there are still politicians at work who value the rule of law and the preservation of democracy.
My statement on Special Counsel Mueller’s indictments of Russians for interfering in 2016 elections pic.twitter.com/iipi0rSKNk
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) February 16, 2018
Senator Duckworth is an Iraq War hero and former assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. As one of the first women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Tammy Duckworth served her country with honor — something the President can’t claim to have done in any capacity. He famously evaded the draft on account of his “bone spurs.” Tammy Duckworth lost her legs and partial use of her right arm when her helicopter was shot down by an RPG in 2004.
Duckworth is a strong advocate for veterans, and has worked jointly with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to advocate for homeless veterans, and particularly women and Native Americans.
Duckworth has been an outspoken opponent of Trump from the beginning.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced today that a grand jury just issued indictments to Russian nationals and Russian entities for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election.
These indictments specifically mention that any Americans who had contact with the accused did so unwittingly.
Mueller’s office indicted 13 Russian nationals and 3 entities for meddling in the 2016 election. Primarily at issue is an organization that called itself Internet Research Agency, established in St. Petersburg, Russian in 2013. The organization, run by Yevgeny Progozhin, a wealthy Putin associate, waged information warfare intended to ultimately help get Trump elected in the 2016 election. The strategy was established as early as 2014.
The defendants used a complex strategy that included traveling to the US to gather information to make online posts and ads as believable as possible, and stealing Americans’ identities to use in purchasing online advertisements.
The information was targeted specifically to disparage Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. They also worked to tarnish reputations of anti-Trump Republican primary candidates like Ted Cruz.
“Some Defendants, posing at U.S. persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities,” the indictment said.
In light of the revelations, Washington has been set abuzz by speculation as to what’s coming next.