The indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interference in the 2016 US election points towards the country having had a hand in President Trump getting elected, reports Fred Kaplan of Slate. While Trump has repeatedly denied this, the indictment is clear. Russian agents likely helped him through hacking. Claims of an FBI ‘witch hunt’ against Trump, as he has called it in the past, are exaggerated. This puts into question the legitimacy of his presidency, as a foreign power influenced the election’s outcome. Trump should consider these factors when engaging with Russia, not dismiss them out of hand.
Robert Mueller’s indictment shows that there is no proof of Trump’s campaign colluding with Russia, writes Jonathan Turley in The Hill. After many allegations against him and his team, no concrete proof of illegal activity has surfaced. Additionally, whatever hacking did occur was unlikely to significantly sway the election. The indictment only mentions a handful of agents being involved. Any potential cooperation with Russians was likely unknowing and had a limited effect. Mueller’s investigation is not likely to be a ‘witch hunt,’ but it has failed to prove any of the accusations made against Trump.