Disinfo: No Trump-Russia conspiracy has been proven

Summary

The private investigator, Robert Mueller, had investigated allegations of a conspiracy between Trump and Russia, and the so-called Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. He could not prove any of the accusations against the American president.  Despite this, the American intelligence services believe that Russia was also broadcasting misleading news on social media, to help elect Donald Trump.

Disproof

A recurring narrative of denials which Moscow has issued regarding its involvement in the 2016 presidential election in the United States and employs the long-established charge of Russophobia which the Kremlin uses to deflect criticism, however legitimate.

Before the Robert 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).

Mueller makes 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 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).

In fact, the report explicitly identifies "numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign" (p. 9). A number of these individuals later "made false statements about those contacts and took other steps to obstruct" the probe (p. 180). The report's conclusions, therefore, do nothing to absolve the Russian government.

Regarding the exploitation of social media to interfere in the election, 13 Russian citizens have been criminally charged in the United States for conspiring to “sow discord in the U.S. political system,” including the 2016 presidential election.

Three Russian companies were also indicted by a federal grand jury. One of them is the infamous Internet Research Agency, a troll factory based in St. Petersburg.

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  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller, Donald Trump, Elections, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: RT web Arabic, Syria friends, Arabi today, Akhbarak, Rt Arab, emeknes, bbcnews1, elbayan-news, sabq-sa, akhbarten, miralnews, abudhabi-news, nafeza2world, saadaonline, news-araby, albidda, akhbarlibya, uk-arabicnews, dmcnews, belbalady
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In case Ukraine takes control over the border, the massacre [like the one] in Srebrenica might be repeated. I will just remind those who forgot: this is the bloodiest episode of the collapse of Yugoslavia; 8,000 dead in a few days in July [1995].

Disproof

The claim is unfounded and in line with the pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on the situation in Ukraine and the war in Donbas.

The original claim was made on 9 December by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, who warned that if Kyiv is granted control over the border with Russia in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, there would be a second Srebrenica.

The US may designate drug cartels as terrorist organisation to have an excuse for military control over Mexico

Donald Trump may designate Mexico’s drug cartels as terrorist organisations because that may open the door for an intervention in the country. The US is trying to find any excuse to have military control over the Mexican territory.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support this claim. The designation would be aimed at disrupting their finances through the imposition of U.S. sanctions, and would not directly give the United States authority for military operations in Mexico. US president Donald Trump said he was temporarily holding off the designation at the request of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

This is part of a recurrent Russian disinformation narrative about constant US plots to undermine Latin American governments. You can see many examples in our database, such as an alleged CIA-led Twitter campaign and a hybrid war in Bolivia, the engineering of blackouts all over Latin America, the promotion of secessionism in Mexico or Venezuela, the training of Venezuelan exiles in Guyana for military operations inside the country or preparations for a military intervention in that country after forcing Brazil to join NATO.

Zionist money already corrupting the 2020 elections

The parasites in the shadows making a mockery out of representative democracy have good reason to be confident: they are already starting to corrupt the 2020 elections. Open Secrets analyzed the most recent donor data for the top 10 political donors going into next year’s first quarter. Unsurprisingly, 8 out of 10 of these fat cats are Jews.

Disproof

This case propagates an old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that is frequently invoked in pro-Kremlin disinformation: that the Jewish people are an international cabal secretly controlling or poisoning the global "elite"; in this particular case, the media and national governments.

See here and here for more examples of pro-Kremlin outlets embracing anti-Semitic myths for disinformation purposes.