Disinfo: Accusations of Russian interference in US elections is a PR campaign

Summary

We cannot exclude the possibility that accusations of Russian interference in US elections are a Democratic PR-campaign, where everything is based on repeating the same accusations again and again. Those who are familiar with the findings of the Mueller-investigation no longer believe the tales about Russian hackers.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative denying Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election.

Before the Mueller report was published, Russian meddling in the 2016 election had already been established by US intelligence agencies. Thus, the Special Investigation was primarily concerned with "whether any Americans […] joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election" (p.2).

Robert Mueller makes it clear in his report that "collusion" is not a legal concept under US federal law, and that gathering evidence thereof would have fallen outside the scope of the special counsel investigation (p. 2). The report does, in fact, identify "numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign" (p. 9).

The investigation ascertained that "Russia's two principal interference operations […] violated US criminal law" (p. 9) and were carried out in "sweeping and systematic fashion" (p. 1), noting that 13 Russian nationals implicated in these operations have been charged with "conspiracy to defraud the United States" (p. 174).

Robert Mueller is a Republican appointed by the Trump administration, tasked with investigating ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling
  • Outlet: News-Front
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Disproof

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Disproof

No evidence is given to support the claim.

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