Given that the indictment against the 13 Russians does not allege that any Americans knowingly participated in the Russian attack on the U.S., we will be hearing that it is an exoneration of Donald Trump and his Republican allies regarding the conspiracy with Russia allegations.
But it is not.
The indictment puts many pieces of the Mueller puzzle together, and it reveals that Mueller knows a lot more than we knew about the Russian attack on U.S. democracy.
But since there is little likelihood of the Russians being extradited here for prosecution, what was the point of the indictment?
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) thinks the indictment was Mueller putting Moscow on notice and giving Washington a wake-up call that Russia is coming for us in 2018 and 2020 and we have to take the threat seriously.
.@BenSasse on Russian indictments:"Mueller just put Moscow on notice. This ought to be a wakeup call to Washington: Putin’s shadow war is aimed at undermining Americans’ trust in our institutions.We know Russia is coming back in 2018 & 2020-we have to take this threat seriously.”
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) February 16, 2018
This is but one of many puzzle pieces and cards Mueller is holding. As it is, it puts a lot of the puzzle together and reveals that the attack was much larger in scope than we had been told.
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