Indictment against Russians doesn't clear Trump admin in probe: Schiff

The indictment was sought through special counsel Robert Mueller who has been tasked with investigating Moscow's efforts to interfere in the election and any possible ties to the Trump campaign

Indictment against Russians doesn't clear Trump admin in probe: Schiff

"It is inexplicable that the President of the United States continues to sit on sanctions that Congress passed", Mr. Schiff told CNN, saying the Obama administration's inaction is no excuse for Mr. Trump not to punish Russian Federation.

"What we have to say to the Russians (is), 'You are doing something to undermine American democracy; you are not going to get away with it".

To dismiss claims of Russian collusion with Donald Trump's campaign, the US President has leaned on a tweet by a top Facebook executive who said the main intent of the alleged Russian meddling was to divide America, not electing Trump.

One survivor of the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland used the Twitter to call out Mr Trump over the $30m his election campaign received from the National Rifle Association (NRA) in 2016.

According to the indictment, beginning as early as 2014, the Russian organisation Internet Research Agency began operations to interfere with the USA political system, including the 2016 election.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump wrote, "If it was the GOAL of Russian Federation to create discord, disruption and chaos within the US then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams".

One missive in particular, however, stood out: "I never said Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Trump wrote.

The president in the past has traded bitter Twitter messages with Schiff, accusing him of leaking classified information from the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's actions. There was no Collusion with the Trump Campaign.

Instead of focusing on Mueller's findings about how Russians interfered in the election, Trump has emphasized that the indictment Friday did not specifically target his campaign for criminal wrongdoing.

H.R. McMaster, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, said at the Munich Security Conference that the federal indictments showed the U.S. was becoming "more and more adept at tracing the origins of this espionage and subversion".

The indictments and the continuing USA investigation could potentially convince Moscow to back off, he said, noting that US officials were also becoming more adept at "tracing the origins of this espionage and subversion".

Russia's election is March 8, but incumbent President Vladimir Putin is expected to win by a landslide since curious things (like imprisonment, freak accidents, or death) keep happening to his challengers.

Trump has faced criticism since the indictments were unveiled for failing to address the seriousness of the allegations or how the US would defends itself from further attempts at electoral subversion by foreign powers, and instead focussing on claims that the indictments do not personally implicate him. "Knowing something about hacking, if you don't catch a hacker, okay, in the act, it's very hard to say who did the hacking", Trump said.

"If this is information warfare, I think he's the first draft dodger in the war", Podesta said.

The president even dedicated a second tweet to Schiff, claiming that the Senator was now blaming Obama "as yet another excuse that the Democrats, lead by their fearless leader, Crooked Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election". Chris Coons, D-Del., said on the same program.

The indictment describes a sophisticated and well-funded multi-year operation, dubbed "Project Lakhta", by Russian entities, to influence the election, beginning as early as May 2014.

The email continued: "I created all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people".

"When it comes to my being ambassador in the United States, we never got involved in the political life in the United States".

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