According to a newly filed indictment, Russia began its effort to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails on the same day Trump publicly asked them to do so.
The disclosure was made in the indictment filed by the Department of Justice charging 12 Russian nationals with hacking Democratic emails as they tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
The indictment notes that “on or about July 27, 2016,” the Russian hackers “attempted after hours to spearphish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office.”
It goes on to note, “At or around the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton Campaign.”
On July 27, 2016, at a campaign event, Trump asked Russia to hack Clinton’s emails.
Alleging that Clinton had deleted or hidden 33,000 of her personal emails, Trump said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
The timeline of events, according to the indictment, shows that Russia was listening and started its effort to do exactly as Trump suggested: stealing Clinton’s emails to try to embarrass her and hurt her presidential campaign.
Both Russia and Trump were working toward a common goal: defeating Clinton and installing Trump in the White House.
Trump has tried time and again to attack the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling, while his cronies in Congress do the same.
But the facts continue to show that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and it did so to help Trump and hurt Clinton. The new indictment shows that Russian intelligence officials communicated with “a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump.”
Russia got what it wanted. So did Trump. And the evidence continues to show that they were listening to each other and even helping each other work toward the same goal.
Published with permission of The American Independent.