Ex-CIA chief on new Mueller indictments: Claims of a 'hoax' are 'in tatters'
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanKrystal Ball: Yang's MSNBC boycott shows network has 'officially lost the left' Trump predicts 'historic' conclusions from DOJ's watchdog report on 'spying' Trump bemoans 'double standard' in Stone conviction MORE said Friday that claims the ongoing Russia investigation are a "hoax," as have been made by President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE, are now "in tatters" after new indictments by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE.

“[Justice Department] statement and indictments reveal the extent and motivations of Russian interference in 2016 election,” Brennan tweeted. “Claims of a ‘hoax’ in tatters. My take: Implausible that Russian actions did not influence the views and votes of at least some Americans." 

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena MORE announced the slew of indictments at a press briefing on Friday. Thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian groups were charged with multiple counts as part of alleged attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.

The indictment notes that the Russians’ efforts to influence the U.S. election began in 2014.

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Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on Russian interference in the 2016 election, calling it a “hoax” crafted by Democrats. He’s also labeled Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt.”

In a tweet Friday, Trump claimed the indictment showed his campaign “did nothing wrong” and that there was “no collusion” with Russia.

The indictment claims that the 13 individuals and 3 groups of were connected to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian operation based in St. Petersburg that used social networks to spread divisive messages in the lead-up to the 2016 elections.

“The indictment alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy,” Rosenstein said.

The indictment alleges the goal of the Russians was to support then-candidate Trump and hurt Democratic opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThree legal scholars say Trump should be impeached; one thinks otherwise Report: Barr attorney can't provide evidence Trump was set up by DOJ Jayapal pushes back on Gaetz's questioning of impeachment witness donations to Democrats MORE.

Some of the Russians allegedly posed as U.S. people and communicated with “unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities.”

Rosenstein noted that there is no allegation in the indictment that Americans had any knowledge of the operation being conducted by Russians.

Trump has attacked Brennan in the past, labeling him a “political hack.” Brennan shot back in November, saying Trump attacked him in order to cast doubt on the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 election.