Trump's National Security Adviser: Evidence that Russia meddled in US election is 'incontrovertible'
President Trump’s National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster on Saturday responded to the indictments against Russian nationals and entities for interference in the 2016 election.
While answering a question at the Munich Security Conference, McMaster said that the evidence of Russian meddling is now “incontrovertible and available in the public domain, whereas in the past it was difficult to attribute.”
McMaster also shunned the idea of working with Russia on cybersecurity, saying "we would love to have a cyber dialogue when Russia is sincere about curtailing its sophisticated form of espionage."
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments on Friday.
“The indictment charges thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian companies for committing federal crimes while seeking to interfere in the United States political system, including the 2016 Presidential election,” the Justice Department noted in a news release. “The defendants allegedly conducted what they called ‘information warfare against the United States,’ with the stated goal of ‘spread[ing] distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.’”
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Shortly after the announcement, President Trump took to Twitter and posted his response.
“Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The White House also released a statement on Friday.
“We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful,” the statement read in part. “It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions. We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had a different take on the indictments, stating that the announcement demonstrates “the gravity of the Trump-Russia scandal.”