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Mueller Initiates Escape Clause - Indicting Russian Nationals

Updated on February 16, 2018
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When he's not writing poetry or political articles, Ralph fills his time by researching various topics that are influencing society today.


After nearly a year of investigating the Trump Administration for collusion with the Russians, all signs now point toward an end of the investigation. President Trump nor any member of his team has been proven to have colluded with any Russian entity, although several members have been indicted on charges unrelated to their service with the President. Special counsel Robert Mueller will announce today that a grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for election interference. This new scenario serves to vindicate the President, yet allows those behind the lengthy investigation to "get a win" or sorts. Mueller gets to walk away without damage to his personal reputation. Yet, this bold move will likely set back any Russian-United States diplomacy and could be the catalyst for a new Cold War; one that will be fought digitally through hackers, bots, and possibly computer virus attacks or worse.

When in Doubt, Blame the Russians

The indictment states that a Russian group called the Internet Research Agency has been waging an information war against the United States dating back to 2014, long before President Trump was involved in American Politics. One of the talking points of the indictment specifically states that the group was working against Hillary Clinton as well as spreading dis-trust toward the American political system in general. Those indicted are being charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud, bank fraud, and identity theft. There were no charges of collusion with any person or entity in the United States.

Trump Not Tied to Collusion

Although no one has officially closed the investigation, this action appears to be one which will bring it to an end. Mueller, being unable to pin anything on the President, has laid all the blame on the Russians. What this action does, will be seen as highly political in nature for several reasons. It will serve as a tool for the Democrats to support the landslide loss Hillary Clinton experienced. It will allow them to "save face" in some way for allowing the DNC information network to be compromised. And finally it will give the media a huge plate of red meat to continue assaulting the Trump administration. Unfortunately this, like all things tainted by the Democratic Party will backfire on them.

GOP Will End Up With A Historic Win

For years the GOP has been trying to shift the nation toward Voter ID; now that case will have stronger footing. Second, other influential foreigners such as George Soros can now be investigated without any cries of political bias. And lastly the President will be now free to move forward with his popular America First agenda in a historic circling of the wagons against the rest of the world.

Social Media Likely to Lose

It's likely that Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms will get hurt by this indictment as well. It was through their platforms that most of the alleged discord was sown. Regulators are likely looking at ways to reign them in right now in light of this information.

What's Next?

For now, no additional information is being reported and "we the people" are left to spend the weekend hearing from every political commentator and their opinions. As to the real impact this group of Russians made, it's likely no one will be able to produce any measurable metrics. Either way, for the sake of the nation, it's time to move on to more important issues. Stay tuned as they say!


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  • Larry Fish profile image

    Larry W Fish 

    20 months ago from Raleigh

    Thanks for the reply to my comment, Ralph. I follow politics very closely on a local, state, and federal level. There are things in both of the major parties that I disagree with, so often I have to choose as we say the lesser of two evils. Several times I have voted for a third party candidate. I know they had no chance of winning, but I feel their ideas made me obligated to give them my vote. I consider myself a moderate, so I am ashamed that the republican and democrats seem to be so extreme in one direction or the other. I feel proud that I am now an independent.

  • tsadjatko profile image

    20 months ago from now on

    Larry, if I may comment on your comment - I agree about the Republican party - in many ways they are nothing but Democrat lite. I believe that is why the share of independents in the United States stands at its highest point in more than 75 years of public opinion polling - in 2014, 39% of the public identified as independents, which was larger than the shares calling themselves Democrats (32%) or Republicans (23%), it used to be all about equal. And the eligible voters who don't even vote are about as big a group as the group of voters who actually vote.

    Most people are just too burdened or caught up in daily living to even want to spend their time sorting through the lies, fake news, obvious duplicity and hypocrisy of political parties and their candidates - I know that is how I used to feel when I was younger and working, raising a family...and shame on me, and them.

    But independents have to have a leaning toward one party or another because, hell, we have no choice but the two and the two are so opposite on the important issues of the day you can no longer straddle any fence.

    All that said, I sincerely hate being associated with the republican party however there is no question that given the choice we have, factions of that party support the only intelligent, educated and sound direction for the country - if only they could for all time get rid of the entrenched establishment partisans influencing and trying to run the party I would be proud to be called a republican.

  • Larry Fish profile image

    Larry W Fish 

    20 months ago from Raleigh

    I get the strong feeling from your article that you are a republican. Everyone in this country has the right to vote and think as they choose. I am a registered independent. I see good and bad in both parties. I will not get into that. I have my own opinions and I like to keep my political views to myself. A great written article though, Ralph.

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    21 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Tsad - nice to hear from you; it's been some time. I agree that a housecleaning is necessary at the top of the FBI and DOJ - they'll never recover their reputations without it.

  • tsadjatko profile image

    21 months ago from now on

    Ha, Ha, Ha "election interference" ???

    interference that by the FBI's own admission had NO effect on the outcome of the election? So now are they going to indict Hillary for financing the creation of a false dossier on Trump (in collusion with Russians btw) not to mention Obama and the FBI who used it for a FISA warrant (knowing it was false) to affect the outcome of the election or how about Debbie Wasserman Shultz of the DNC who colluded with Hillary and actually did affect the outcome of her primary against poor old Bernie?

    I guess the FBI is too busy following up on credible reports of Nikolas Cruz threatening a mass school shooting...oh no they don't do that either!

    The leadership of the FBI (and some in the DOJ) is nothing but a joke, pawns in the hands of political operatives - not what the founders envisioned as justice for all and an embarrassment to the majority of agents at the FBI who are actually dedicated to their calling. Comey, Mueller, and some others obviously are not.

  • breakfastpop profile image


    21 months ago

    The Russians formed faux activist groups that were for and against Trump. Before that they tried to ferment unrest and distrust in our nation. I don't know that they succeeded, but the FBI certainly accomplished what the Russians couldn't. If there are to be more indictments, and there should be, Clinton, the DNC, Brennan. Comey, Lynch and others should be held accountable for their crimes.

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    Susie Lehto 

    21 months ago from Minnesota

    President Trump was right to begin with when the fake Trump/Russian Collusion cover story started to save face for Crooked Hillay Clinton's 2nd lose. Obama/Hillary, etc. colluded with the Russians on Urainum One! I understand that the U.S. doesn't have enough urainum, so we have to import it.

    Facebook and Twitter should have over-sight and be regulated, they lean far-left. What about Google?

    More will be exposed in the weeks, months and years to come. One thing is for sure, Russians like to meddle more than watch baseball.

  • abwilliams profile image

    A B Williams 

    21 months ago from Central Florida

    That has been my experience every time I've written anything political, which is the majority of my articles. No exposure.

  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    21 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Strange but this post seemed to have disappeared from my feed and doesn't show anywhere on the Politics page either.....

  • abwilliams profile image

    A B Williams 

    21 months ago from Central Florida

    Well done Ralph.

    Yes I so agree, "for the sake of the nation, it's time to move on."

    Take heed Dems and give it a rest!


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