Disinfo: No evidence of Trump collusion with Russia

Summary

Over the years of Trump’s presidency, Democrats have tried to accuse him of collaborating with Russia, and they looked for evidence of that, and never found it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation denying Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Available evidence suggests that Russian meddling the 2016 US presidential poll - which specifically aimed to damage Clinton's campaign and aid her opponent - did affect the outcome of the vote, particularly in three critical swing states where Trump's victory margins were the thinnest.

The claim that the Special Counsel report provides no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion is spurious. Gathering evidence of "collusion" - which is not a legal concept - fell outside the scope of the investigation. The aim of the probe was not merely to ascertain contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia-linked individuals during the election period, but to establish whether these interactions were deliberate enough on the part of Trump Campaign officials to sustain charges of conspiracy (p. 2).

The report explicitly identifies "numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign" (p. 9).

This disinformation message appeared in the same article as the claim that Biden won the election due to serious violations.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 222
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Democratic Party (US), Donald Trump

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