WH Claims New Indictments Clear Trump’s Name Despite Mueller Charging The Opposite
The White House is taking a new approach in dealing with special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s election meddling.
According to White House spokesman Raj Shah, the new indictments in the Russia investigation prove that Russia did not hack the election to promote one candidate over the other and that Donald Trump’s name is clear of any wrongdoing despite Mueller claiming otherwise.
On Friday, Mueller sent out indictments that targetted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups. Those indictments detail Russians’ alleged attempts to promote Trump’s campaign while undermining his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
“All of these efforts were about sowing confusion in the electoral process and undermining the next president, not about supporting one candidate over the other,” Shah said while appearing on Fox News.
But Shah’s remarks aren’t true, as the fourth page of the 37-page indictment accuses the Russians of carrying out efforts to promote Trump’s campaign and “disparage” Clinton.
“Defendants’ operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump (‘Trump campaign’) and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” the indictment reads. “Defendants made various expenditures to carry out those activities, including buying political advertisements on social media in the names of U.S. persons and entities.”
Take a look at the video clip below:
.@RajShah45 on Mueller indictment: "All of these efforts were about sowing confusion in the electoral process and undermining the next president, not about supporting one candidate over the other." #Tucker pic.twitter.com/slHuwX8Y4u
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 17, 2018