Bossie: Indictment Proves Trump Was Right About Russia Collusion 'Hoax'
David Bossie said Friday's indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian companies for alleged election interference proves "beyond a shadow of a doubt" that President Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude, cooperate or coordinate with the Russians.
Bossie, Trump's former deputy campaign manager, noted that the indictment claims Russian operatives attempted to sow discord in the American electoral process by posing as American citizens and creating fake social media accounts, but no Americans willingly participated in the scheme.
According to the indictment, some of the defendants posing as Americans communicated “with unwitting members, volunteers and supporters of the Trump campaign involved in local community outreach, as well as grassroots groups that supported then-candidate Trump."
"The 'hoax' that this president has talked about has been proven," Bossie said. "There was no involvement with us with the Russians and us at all during this campaign."
He explained that the 37-page indictment reveals the Russian operation began in May 2014, more than a year before Trump declared his candidacy.
He said that not only shows Russian efforts to meddle in the U.S. election were not centered on Trump, but it also raises questions about what FBI, Justice Department and Obama administration officials knew and why they failed at preventing election interference.
"James Comey needs to answer, so does Loretta Lynch, so does Secretary [Jeh] Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and Barack Obama," Bossie said. "Why did they fail? If they saw this, if they knew that the Russians were trying to impede in our 2016 elections, why did they fail? The dereliction of duty goes across the board for the Obama administration."
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