The Kremlin on Friday said that the redacted report from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE released by the Department of Justice on Thursday does not offer credible evidence that the Russian state interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that there is “no evidence substantiated by any facts” that Russia meddled, according to The Associated Press.
Peskov noted that Moscow and President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinMore than 50 dead, one rescued in Russian mine explosion NATO to discuss ways to deter Russia: Lithuanian official Putin says he took experimental nasal COVID-19 vaccine MORE have repeatedly denied the allegations of interference “because there was none.”
“We regret that a document of this quality is having a direct impact on the development of bilateral Russian-U.S. relations that are already not in the best condition,” Peskov added, according to Reuters.
The chairman of Russia’s information committee, Alexei Pushkov, reportedly mocked the probe in the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament on Friday.
Pushkov hit the Justice Department’s investigation for spending millions of taxpayers’ money without proving collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to AP. He noted instead that the probe charged Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortYellen should utilize the resources available before pushing new regulations Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying FBI agents swarm Russian oligarch's DC home MORE, with illegal lobbying on behalf of Ukraine.
The Justice Department on Thursday released the redacted version of Mueller's report looking at Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The report was definitive in Mueller’s conclusion that no Americans or anyone from the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow during the campaign, but said Trump staffers expected to benefit from Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential race against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble MORE.
“Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Mueller wrote.
Outreach from Russian officials to individuals associated with the Trump campaign were noted in the report, including “business connections, offers of assistance to the Campaign, invitations for candidate Trump and Putin to meet in person, invitations for Campaign officials and representatives of the Russian government to meet, and policy positions seeking improved U.S.-Russian relations.”
The special counsel, however, found that no action by any Trump campaign official rose to the level of conspiracy as defined by federal law.