Shepard Smith: New Mueller indictments prove Russia probe is 'opposite of a hoax'

Fox News host Shepard Smith said the latest indictments in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into Russia's election interference prove the probe is not the "hoax" its critics claim.

“If there was ever any question, even a single question, there is no more,” Smith said on “Shepard Smith Reporting” on Friday. “Russia attacked the United States of America.”

“The Russians infiltrated our system, manipulated us on behalf of [Russian President] Vladimir Putin, and they did it online and in person, on our soil,” Smith continued.


Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinVote Democrat in midterms to rein in Trump, preserve justice Trump lawyer: NBC interview with Comey firing comments was edited Trump attack on Sessions may point to his departure MORE announced a slew of indictments at a press briefing Friday. Thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian groups were charged with multiple counts for their alleged attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.

The indictment alleges the goal of the Russians was to support then-candidate Donald Trump and hurt Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE.

Some of the Russians allegedly posed as Americans 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.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE has repeatedly labeled the investigation into Russian meddling a “hoax.” Smith fired back at those denials.

“The Russia investigation is the opposite of a hoax,” he said, later labeling the Russians’ alleged actions as “information warfare.”

Smith also referred back to a controversial memo authored by Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRussia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe MORE (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which alleges abuse of surveillance powers at the Department of Justice.

Smith called the document a “distraction memo from Devin Nunes” and brought up Trump’s tweet upon its release, in which the president said the memo “totally vindicates” him in the Russia investigation while referring to the probe “an American disgrace.”

“No, this is an American investigation. And this is not a hoax,” Smith said Friday. “The Russians interfered, the Russians were given sanctions by Congress, the President has not put those sanctions into place, and the question is why.”

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