Special Counsel Robert Mueller Indicts Several Russian Nationals

Joseph Kratz, Managing Editor

In one of the arguably most highly speculated American investigations, after few indictments and even fewer comments, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted a total of thirteen Russian citizens, and three Russian organizations, namely Internet Research Agency LLC, with a series of election-fraud related criminal accusations.

The Grand Jury of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia charges that “Defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016.”

In layman’s’ terms, the persons and entities named in the criminal indictment unlawfully interfered and made illegal financial transactions, in the hopes of affecting the outcome of the American political system. The indictment alleges that the actions of the defendants began as early as 2014, and continued through and passed the end of the U.S. Presidential election.

The news was met with various reactions across both sides of the aisle. President Trump seized at the fact that neither he nor anyone related to his campaign were named in the case, nor were there allegations of collusion by knowing American citizens.

As final as this large case might seem, it is important to remember that the scope of the Special Counsel’s investigation is large and encompassing, and the range of cases brought by the Special Counsel alludes to the presence of future cases of various natures.