Robert Mueller failed to find anything that would incriminate the US president

Summary

Most of the leading US media have spent the last three years promoting the infamous Russiagate conspiracy theory on behalf of the Democrats, refusing to admit that they were wrong, though Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, during a two-year investigation, failed to find anything that would incriminate the US president.

There is a whole history of leaking information from the intelligence community in order to “forge a false link” between Trump and Russia and further the “Russiagate” narrative, and then blame Trump for the “vulnerability” of these alleged sources.

Disproof

The article, which was actually about suspected CIA spy Oleg Smolenkov, is used to distract the audience by spreading the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying and/or minimizing, once again, Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

The 67-page report by the US Senate is the latest set of evidence proving Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. It follows Robert Mueller's report from March 2019 and the US intelligence community's assessments dating back to January 2017.

For more cases denying Russia's interference, see, here, here and here

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: , , Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
  • Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller, Manipulated elections/referendum, Elections
  • Outlet: Sputnik Srbija Danas
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan, the illegal annexation of Crimea, and the war in Ukraine.

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that Euromaidan was a coup d’état and that Crimean citizens chose to re-join Russia through a legal referendum.

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution stating that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. See more cases about this narrative here, here, here and here.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General sees potential involvement of Biden in up to 15 criminal cases

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Ruslan Riabosahpka said that Hunter Biden and Burisma company may be involved in around 15 criminal cases. He stated that Burisma, Biden, oligarch Sergey Kurchenko or Burisma’s current owner Nikolai Zlochevski may be linked to at least that number of case, but that the auditing work continues and can’t affirm these are all the relevant proceedings.

Disproof

The article is an intentional distortion of Prosecutor Riaboshapka's words. His actual statement was: “There are 15 cases where Zlochevsky, Kurchenko and other people and companies could be involved or could be targets for investigation”. Not only he didn't mention Hunter Biden or his father, but when he was specifically asked if the prosecutors had evidence of any wrongdoing on Hunter Biden’s part, he answered: “I have no such information”.

This is part of an emerging broader narrative to imply that Joe Biden and his son Hunter are somehow involved in corruption schemes, despite lack of evidence in this regard. Hostility towards the Biden family has been a constant feature of pro+Kremlin disinformation. You can see other examples here, such as Hunter's dubious business in Kyiv, Joe Biden's vow to prevent Vladimir Putin's reelection, his rule over Ukraine or his tight involvement in the war in Donbas or in Georgia's unrest.