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Ex-prosecutor: Mueller indictments threaten Americans' speech

Posted by JROE LIGHTFOOT on February 17, 2018 at 11:50 AM

The Justice Department announced the indictment of 13 Russians on charges of trying to deceive the United States by interfering in the 2016 presidential election, but a former federal prosecutor stated that the charges might have a deterring effect on free speech in the U.S. and around the world.

As stated in our report from Friday, it indicates that there was no collusion with the Trump campaign.

On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments submitted by a grand jury linked to the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian actions in the race for the White House.

According to Greg Corombos of WND, while all 13 Russians are confronted with defrauding charges, some of them are charged with wire fraud as well, and bank fraud charges too.

Corombos further noted that in addition to the indictments, Rosenstein also declared that any Americans partaking in the campaign did so unsuspectingly. Many mainstream media outlets instantly went all-pervasive with non-stop reporting of the news, but former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy is not certain what the bombshell is.

“I don’t think there was any doubt that the Russians were trying to meddle in our election because I think they meddle as much as they can in all our elections. In fact, this indictment says this particular scheme to meddle in the elections goes back about five years. So, it’s long before there even was a Donald Trump campaign,” noted McCarthy.

McCarthy also stated there is a large gray area about what kind of foreign participation in American elections is legal and what isn’t. In this instance, he says the indictments imply Mueller sees the Russian bot actions as an in-kind campaign contribution.

He further said that the plan is greatly disapproved of by the Justice Department, which cannot appropriately register those implicated in the conspiracy as foreign agents since they work anonymously. The State Department additionally has a cause to be infuriated since the Russians came to the U.S. on visas, offering very different explanations for being in our country.

But while McCarthy recommends the government to prosecute visa fraud as aggressively as they can, he says the Mueller indictments may make more problems than they solve.

“I don’t really understand the point of this. I don’t even know if these people are prosecutable. I don’t know that there’s a chance you actually get these people physically into a federal criminal court in the United States,” said McCarthy.

However, he says the lasting impression of this could produce problems for the United States.

“It seems to sweep into it, potentially, a lot of behavior that Americans engage in and may result in retaliation on the part of foreign governments on activities that are pretty important to the spreading of American messages that we want to spread throughout the world,” said McCarthy.

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