Robert Mueller

On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller dramatically announced the indictments of 13 Russian Internet trolls for meddling in the 2016 election. Many observers wonder why Mueller indicted 13 Russian citizens who can't be arrested or extradited to the United States.

The 13 Russian nationalists, along with 3 Russian entities (troll farms), are accused of supporting Donald Trump and "disparaging" Hillary Clinton in the election.

Also on Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein -- who appointed Mueller to investigate alleged Russian collusion -- held a press conference to say "There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity."
 
SEE ALSO: 13 Russians Indicted By Mueller in Election Meddling Probe
 
Investigative reporter Paul Sperry spoke with a veteran FBI official who said the 13 Russians indicted will never be arrested.

According to Sperry, the FBI agent said the 13 indictments by Mueller are "moot." The subjects "are all in Russia, and "This is a 'show' indictment for public relations" to solely justify the Special Counsel’s existence and $10 million salary.

Within hours after the indictments were announced, the Washington Post began investigating the Russian workers of the troll farm, which creates fake social media accounts to tweet and retweet propaganda.

The Post's investigation found that Mueller and his legal team relied on a 2013 article about the troll farm written by 2 Russian journalists.

The Post spoke with one of the Russian journalists who was confused by the Mueller indictments.

In a 4,500-word article titled “How the 'troll factory' worked the U.S. elections,” journalists Polina Rusyaeva and Andrey Zakharov explained in detail how the troll farm used Facebook, Twitter.com, and other U.S. social media outlets to "inflame tensions" during the elections.

One of the ways the Russians inflamed tensions in America was by "propping up" and donating cash to Black Lives Matter.

One of the writers, Andrey Zakharov, told The Post it was "a strange feeling" seeing something he had so closely investigated "become a major issue in the United States," when the Russians didn't consider the article to be a "bombshell" when he published it.

Zakharov also said one of the women named in the indictments had not worked for the troll farm since 2014.

"The other staff mentioned are very incidental," he said.

"I mean, it seems like they put down all the names they could get. Some were people who worked there in 2014 — but most of these guys didn’t work for the troll factory for a long time. They didn’t even work there during the elections. Like [Aleksandra] Krylova, she didn’t work there then."

"Only some people were the real top managers of the troll factory," he added.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    This Russia prop is and has been a distractions for something much bigger on the horizon....

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Keep trolling alive.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    You are right. The best way to defeat your enemies is to join them and learn their weaknesses. Dump is the perfect dummy to fall for their propaganda and allow them in.

  • Ni Ni

    Just like i figured.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    This was done so that if Trump fires Mueller it will be a clear case of obstruction of justice against Trump.

    Even Rush Limpballs had the sense to understand that when Trump responded that he had been vindicated that Trump had just legitimized the Mueller investigation and Trump could no longer call it a hoax.

    The real fun will start after Gates pleads guilty and we find out where all of the crooked money came from that was funneled into Trump's campaign along with the campaigns of Congressional Republicans.

    We already know that the Russians laundered money into Trump's campaign through the NRA.

    That's just the tip of the iceberg.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Trump attacking the FBI even the director that he appointed and creating unrest by cancelling DACA and leaving it to a dysfunctional Congress to fix it.

    Yeah Trump is doing everything that his masters in the Kremlin want him to do.

  • puppylove

    Sandra you have to know about sanctions involving individuals and entities. The indictments open the door for such, which would make it illegal for anyone in the US or any US citizen abroad to provide any type of financial assistance. Which would allow Muller to indict those providing aid with felony charges.

  • puppylove

    So refreshing to read someone here who has an actual brain.

  • puppylove

    So refreshing to read someone here who has an actual brain.

  • JV

    "One of the writers, Andrey Zakharov, told The Post it was “a strange feeling” seeing something he had so closely investigated “become a major issue in the United States,” when the Russians didn’t consider the article to be a “bombshell” when he published it."
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    Context is important here, though. Russia has state-operated news outlets -- meaning they control the content and the spin. This is the same country barred which Alexei Navalny from running under some obscure technicality because he was a legit threat to defeat Putin.

  • JV

    "One of the writers, Andrey Zakharov, told The Post it was “a strange feeling” seeing something he had so closely investigated “become a major issue in the United States,” when the Russians didn’t consider the article to be a “bombshell” when he published it."
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    Context is important here, though. Russia has state-operated news outlets -- meaning they control the content and the spin. This is the same country barred which Alexei Navalny from running under some obscure technicality because he was a legit threat to defeat Putin.

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  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Never join the enemy ever ... But a wise person should observe their behavior .... One thing about the enemy .... Their usually dumb... So dumb they need groups and people to join them... Don't fall for it observe their sinking ship.. . Js ... Much love bew.. ? remember the enemy wants to distract and divide ...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Never join the enemy ever ... But a wise person should observe their behavior .... One thing about the enemy .... Their usually dumb... So dumb they need groups and people to join them... Don't fall for it observe their sinking ship.. . Js ... Much love bew.. ? remember the enemy wants to distract and divide ...

  • JV

    "The real fun will start after Gates pleads guilty and we find out where all of the crooked money came from that was funneled into Trump's campaign along with the campaigns of Congressional Republicans."

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    No, the real fun is going to start when Mueller indicts Kushner, Ivanka’s husband. Apparently he’s knee deep in dirty money, and was using official WH trips to have undisclosed business meetings to help one of his floundering companies. That’s a big conflict of interest. Remember: Trump has said all along that his “red line” is Mueller going after his family. But now after the Russia indictments, firing Mueller or the current FBI director
    would be a disaster.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Did you read that Kushner having only an interim security clearance has been requesting the most classified information of anyone in the White House?

    And now we know that not only are Jared and Ivanka swimming in debt but it increased this past year.

    The only thing we need to discuss is what Jared's prison name will be? Sweetness or Peaches?

    Ha,ha,ha!!!

  • Phillybruh

    The Con-Man always thinks he's smartest man in the room until his con is exposed, Money Laundering is what has Trump so worried. Collusion is the least of his worries its just the one he can throw out in tweet.

  • JV

    He's one of, like, 50 who have been operating under interim security clearance. The guy who got found out beating his wife had the same thing, and he was a high level official. It's insane.

  • Renee26

    Duh...it's all a distraction. They're not using it to take the presidency away from that idiot so IDC

  • Kemi

    Follow the dirty money laundering to Russia. Why can’t Dump sign the sanctions against Russia that was passed by the congress? That’s the big question here. Mueller is not stupid, he’s working on getting the big fish Manafort/Gates to turn the script.

  • Quitedeliteful

    the 13 Russians indicted will never be arrested.
    According to Sperry, the FBI agent said the 13 indictments by Mueller are “moot.” The subjects “are all in Russia...
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    This is the part that I am not getting -- they cannot be brought to the US nor can they be indicted so how does this help in the case against Trump??

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    True. Those people are never going to be able to obtain a top secret clearance and supposedly Kelly has chosen Friday as some sort of deadline for people who don't have the proper clearance.

    I wonder how this will impact Jared and Ivanka or will President Daddy give them a waiver.

  • Phillybruh

    If they leave Russia they are subject they can be arrested and our subject to our extradition treaty's with other countries.

  • JRock

    I think his prison name will be apple bottom.

  • JRock

    Thank you. We all knew they couldn't be extradited. By doing this Mueller is working on the bigger fishes. Flynn, Manafort, Gates and this will lead to Dump and he knows it. This dude knows his days are numbered and he is not rushing it by imposing the Russian sanctions. If he did that Putin would personally hand deliver all the shit they have on him to the FBI's doorstep. Money laundering and, prostitution just to name a couple.

  • sunni_daze

    This was fluff. We all knew this indictment would garner no arrest.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    It was mainly about protecting the investigation because if Trump tries to fire Rostenstein to fire Mueller it will be a clear case of obstruction of justice.
    Also this isn't the end it's just the beginning. Mueller is peeling away the layers and getting the 'rotten' core methodically.
    Trump thinks he's out of danger but Mueller is going to light him up.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    To me this looks like a 2 step process:

    Step 1: Draw the outlines of the conspiracy, and show the underlying crime that was commited by the Russians involved.
    Then comes Step 2: Indict any Americans who collaborated with them.

    Robert Mueller's not stupid. He knows what he's doing.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You're missing the forest for the trees.
    These are the little fish and Mueller has his reasons for getting these people to plead guilty.

    We don't know what information is in those emails but they sure made Trump nervous this weekend.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Trump is playing checkers, while Mueller's playing chess. And Mueller's a grandmaster at the chess game. He's getting ready to put Trump in checkmate and he doesn't even know it.

    #lockthemup

  • sunni_daze

    Oh I don't doubt that he is drawing a big bright picture, but this indictment doesn't affect no one. These people cann't be brought to trial here. I'm waiting for him to finish this painting .

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Trump's either worried about himself (most likely)... or he's worried they'll find stuff on Don Jr, Jared Kusher, Eric Trump or somebody else close to him.

    Either way, Trump's behavior shows clear consciousness of guilt. He's getting more and more desperate month after month, and he couldnt even hide it if he tried.

    #lockthemup

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Gate's is about to flip and cooperate with Mueller regarding Manafort... which will presssure Manafort to tell everything he knows about Trump and or any of the Trump insiders as it relates to the Russia thing.

    Manafort's facing spending the rest of his live in prison over tax evasion, and fraud charges etc. When Mueller tightens the screws on him, watch him start to sqeal like a pig.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    It's a strategic move. Mueller and his team around him are some of the smartest investigators and prosecutors in America.

    Not every move needs to garner arrests immmediately.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Oh well!!

  • Kanyade
  • Kemi

    Well stated. He’s nothing less than Russia puppet in chief.

  • Rigged election

    This doesn’t make sense. Propaganda isn’t illegal, but I hope this is preparation for them busting them for hacking technology and rigging the election.

  • Kemi

    I wouldn’t trust the VP either. He appears guilty as sin! If Dump thinks Putin doesn’t have all their recordings/ meetings stored, he’s in for a rude awakening!

  • J2PC

    Don't hold your breath as the Russians are not about to hand over those people who are still in their country. It's mostly symbolic and keeps them from going to Europe or coming to the Americas for fear of being extradited for an arrest.

    At best, I think this indictment paves the way to make it easier to start soon arresting those who in DC who are closely tied to those foreigners indicted. -that's the only way I can see calling this checkmate. lol

  • Vicki White

    Its over. The judge over Flynn was removed. His plea is to reversed bc of govt corruption and Mueller. Look it up. It went down Friday. Mueller can't sentence Flynn .
    emoved

  • J2PC

    It helps because it lays a foundation. Now, it is easier to start tying in Americans in DC who are actually tie to them in all of this. Strategic moves at its finest. -Mueller is not done yet. I believe that he's just getting started. ;)

  • Scromes1212

    Smh did people really think they were going to round up 13 Russians and put them in a American jail for trolling Lol! People will fall for anything smh

  • Scromes1212

    It doesn't smh

  • Phillybruh

    What the what.....lol

  • Scromes1212

    The same 4 or 5 sheep going up and down the comments saying the same stuff for dam near a year
    "It's coming"
    "He just getting started "
    "This is just to set the foundation for the real investigation "
    "They got em right where they want him"
    SMH lol

  • JRock

    Holla if you hear me. I agree with you! Everybody that's saying the Russians being indited don't mean shit are the ones with duct type across their eyes. Someone mentioned in the comments this is a strategic chess move by Mueller. Agreed!

  • Phillybruh

    No but I think that's what you were looking for...lol

  • Scromes1212

    I do enjoy comedy :)

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ignore her. She's touched.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But it bothers you enough that you come here and post.
    If you're so sure that there's no there there why are you worried?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    There are many countries outside of Europe that have extradition treaties with the U.S.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "Look it up"? Why do we need to look it up?

    If that story's true, you should be able to post a link here. So feel free to post a link.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Sounds like some wishful thinking to me.
    Seems like nowadays the right-wingers & Trump supporters are the real "Dreamers" in our country.

  • Trace da Ace

    sooooo....what was the point if they cannot be held liable???

  • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon

    If they lived in America, yes. But they don't. Not to mention they were hired to stir the pot by the Russian government, so they'll never had them over. They were hired to el anger and divide people. They are very intelligent, they should be more worried about their own country.

  • Jethro

    But Trump will be.

  • dontgetblocked

    Just a smokescreen to try to satisfy the cry babies who can't accept that America did NOT want Hillary Clinton as President. Get over it! President Trump is here for another seven years. The economy is great. Life is good. American did a great job electing our President!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Hillary had 3 million more votes than Trump and that is a fact.
    Trump is a lousy president who ranks dead last among presidents.

  • zero options

    You know you're right!
    Remember that deal with "carrier" yes, to protect jobs?
    They've laid off, so far about 500 employees!
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/359545-carrier-plans-more-layoffs-at-plant-trump-struck-deal-with-report

    That's great isn't it!?
    What about that military parade!?!
    Whoa!
    That won't cost too much will it? Chump change!
    https://www.npr.org/2018/02/15/585924807/trumps-military-parade-could-cost-as-much-as-50-million

    Oh yeah, and all the money we owe china? Not a problem!
    http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/20/news/economy/china-us-trade-gap-government-debt/index.html
    Yessiree we're doing great!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Khan, van der Zwaan’s father-in-law, is a native of Kiev, Ukraine. Along with two other Alfa Bank owners, Khan has filed a defamation suit against Fusion GPS, the Washington private intelligence firm that hired former British spy Christopher Steele to research Trump’s ties to Russia during the campaign. Steele’s reports had included allegations about Alfa Bank and its ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.

  • Boogie79

    Exactly, he has yet to condemn them for tampering but is quick ban Muslims and Mexicans.

  • Vicki White

    Why not look it for yourself? You can take my word for it but do your own homework. Don't wait for me to do it. Really look it up.

  • Vicki White

    It's all over the place..

  • Vicki White

    Mind your own business. I know ur dumb ass hate well rounded educated blk folks. Stop escaping that mental prison you in to harass me. SMH. Prolly haven't looked it up but all in denial. Typical Smurf.

  • J2PC

    True. Countries like Russia are medically advanced and capable of giving their people a complete makeover to completely change their looks; fingerprints, eye-color; personality and all in addition to their names, date of birth with some made up ancestral history/background to get around being found or caught.

    -how many indictments from years ago are yet to be caught (with the exception of swapping a captured individual for the next which is basically resulting in no real prosecution)?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    We dont need to go on a wild goose chase here. If it existed, you would show it.But you cant show us a link that show's what you're saying to be true, because it doesn't exist.

    Case closed. Good night.

  • Vicki White

    You just lazy as fuk. Good bye bc it's not night yet. Lol.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Just go away, please.

    #blocked

  • Vicki White

    Lame. You come for my post. But I need to go away. Be mature and don't respond in the first. Done thinking you will grow up. By the way that picture or avatar is a republican. Lol. Now stay away

  • Gotitbutsmh

    And you've been saying the same for a year now. Makes y'all even huh?