Trey Gowdy praises Robert Mueller, says Russian Federation investigation on right track

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This line is being echoed by organs like the The Wall Street Journal editorial page: "The indictment also makes us wonder what the Obama Administration was doing amid all of this".

The indictment accuses the Russians of organizing an operation that employed more than 80 people, who created fake identities and stole others from actual USA citizens to develop a massive online presence and even stage rallies in an attempt to "sow discord" in the election.

Other Republican senators faulted the Obama administration Tuesday for failing to warn officials in 21 states where intelligence agencies had detected efforts by the Russians to probe voting machines that they were at risk of being infiltrated.

This week Trump has not explained why, if he agrees that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, he has yet to enforce sanctions approved near-unanimously by Congress in response to the meddling. (Trump, however, did mention the Democratic National Committee hack about 140 times in the closing days of the campaign, so he must have thought it was useful.) And of course the Uranium One attack has been debunked time and again.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, insisted that Trump would not tolerate Russian interference in elections. The tweets are from the time of the 2016 presidential election.

But he suggested American social media companies should take a greater role in identifying and scrubbing fake news and disinformation from their platforms, asserting that he's pushed the issue during hearings on Capitol Hill.

The President, who has brazenly called for warmer relations with Moscow while downplaying the extent of Russian meddling, has denied any such connection. "So we still insist, we think such evidence lacks foundation, we don't think it's in any case comprehensive, we don't think it's fair and we can't agree with it. Russian Federation has never interfered, doesn't have the habit of interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, and is not doing it now".

Trump's Cabinet, however, has forcefully spoken out against Russian Federation.

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Of course, Trump's "rigged" election claims at the time had nothing to do with Russian Federation.

More than half were related to the indictment or the Russian Federation investigation in general.

On Saturday, Trump rebuked his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, for failing to assert, during a visit to a security conference in Munich, that Russia's interference had no effect on the outcome of the election.

"It's very clear that Russian Federation meddled in the election", she said. He noted, however, "I have seen all the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was NOT the main goal".

Trump has yet to impose sanctions overwhelmingly passed by Congress previous year and missed deadlines to identify which Russian individuals and entities would be on the sanctions list.

During the election, Trump welcomed Russian efforts to help his campaign.

Even for those Coloradans who are certain such online drivel didn't influence their vote that year, it can be an unsettling feeling to know a foreign government was messing with our politics and even interacting with us on social media as the nation waged an intense debate.

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