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Donald Trump falsely says he never denied Russian meddling
March 24 2018, 07:44 | Irvin Gilbert
In a series of tweets over the weekend from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Trump said congressional investigations and political "hatred" showed Russian Federation had succeeded in sowing "discord, disruption and chaos" in the United States.
"If it was the goal of Russian Federation to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams", he tweeted.
The president's hand was forced last Friday by special counselRobert Mueller's release of 13 indictments of Russians for election meddling. He callously used the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as political cover, blaming the Federal Bureau of Investigation for missing leads on the alleged shooter because the agency was "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign". Trump said on Twitter. He also said Russian Federation is poised to target the USA midterm elections later this year.
Mueller, over Trump's objections, was then appointed to take over the Russian Federation probe.
The postcard verification is Facebook's latest effort to respond to criticism from lawmakers, security experts and election integrity watchdog groups that it and other social media companies failed to detect and later responded slowly to Russia's use of their platforms to spread divisive political content, including disinformation, during the 2016 US presidential election.
In September 2017, when reports of Russian-backed Facebook ads came out, Trump tweeted, "The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook".
Trump's frustration bubbled over on Twitter, where he stressed that the Russian effort began before he declared his candidacy, asserted that the Obama administration bears some blame for the election meddling and insisted he never denied that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 US campaign.
"He has been tough, measured and smart when it comes to Russia", Shah added.
Could it be the salacious allegations in the Christopher Steele dossier, including, but not limited to, what happened in a certain room, once shared by President Obama and his family in the Ritz-Carlton and visited by Trump and others during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant? According to the indictment, beginning as early as 2014, the Russian organisation Internet Research Agency began operations to interfere with the U.S. political system, including the 2016 election.
In addition to investigating Russian meddling in the election, Mueller is probing whether Trump has in several ways obstructed justice to undermine the investigation, including his firing of former FBI director James Comey, who was leading the agency's Russia probe at the time Trump ousted him.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is seizing on complaints, even by some Democrats, that the previous administration did not do enough to punish Russian election subversion.
But the administration said new sanctionscalled for under the law were not needed because the measure was already having a deterrent effect.
The effort allegedly involved hundreds of people working in shifts and with a budget of millions of dollars.
His catering company is also under sanctions.
The assertions that nothing fundamental has changed about Washington's commitments to the world do seem to have eased some concerns among some allies, particularly regarding the USA commitment to defend North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies against the threat of Russian aggression.
The indictment did not address the Russian government's role or hacks of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.
"But he says, 'I didn't do that.' I think he's very insulted by it, if you want to know the truth".