5 Things You Need To Think About Regarding the Russian Indictments

So we know this is just the beginning of Mueller’s investigation, and already he has indicted 13 Russians for meddling with the U.S. election.

Here are five thought-provoking things about the indictments and the alleged crimes surrounding them.

1. The Russian operation had huge staff and money: $1.25 million per month by September of 2016. Not only is that a lot more than most Republican presidential campaigns, but it means the Russians were heavily invested in undermining U.S. democracy and they did this in large part by propping up Donald Trump.

2. Collusion is not a Russian spy tactic. You are either an asset or not. As Adam Schiff pointed out today, “Importantly, the indictment sets out some of the U.S laws violated by the Russians, including various conspiracy counts. While it does not include an allegation that any U.S. persons conspired wittingly with the Russian actors, the indictment leaves open the vital question of whether Americans, including any associated with the Trump campaign, knowingly played a role in Russia’s active measures campaign.”

3. A very awkward date for Donald Trump:

4. If there is “no collusion”, as Donald Trump claims, then why has he refused to enforce sanctions against Russia, a country that is now unimpeachably established as having attacked the United States:

5. The attack is not over. Not only are the 2018 and 2020 elections going to be attacked by Russia, but they are still undermining our democracy by sowing division and they do this by siding with egregiously deplorable right wing platforms, like being so pro-gun that even a massacre won’t slow their hysteria down. For example:

Dark humor cherry on top of these thoughts: The Russians know our weaknesses.

The thing the indictments did not do? Exonerate Donald Trump.

Update 9:49 PM Make it six things.

6. Yes, it impacted the election.