Chaffetz on DOJ's Indictment of 13 Russians: 'Mitt Romney Was Right in 2012'
Following the indictment of 13 Russians for interfering in the 2016 election, Jason Chaffetz said Mitt Romney's famous 2012 warning is being proven right.
Romney said in a 2012 presidential debate on foreign policy Moscow is the greatest geopolitical threat to the U.S. He was subsequently mocked by then-President Barack Obama, who said the "1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back."
Chaffetz, a Fox News contributor and former Utah congressman, noted that the indictment alleges that the Russians continued their activities after the election.
"I do think it dismantles the Democrats' narrative that this was all about Trump. It's all about the United States of America and sowing discord," Chaffetz said on "Outnumbered Overtime."
He added it was harmful to U.S. national security when Obama pooh-pooed warnings about the Russia threat from Romney and others, like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
"That did a real disservice and, I think, helped take down people's guard. But hopefully it is back up now."
The 37-page indictment, signed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, charges the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.
The three entities charged are Internet Research Agency LLC, Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering.
The 13 Russians charged are: Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin; Mikhail Ivanovich Bystrov; Mikhail Leonidovich Burchik; Aleksandra Yuryevna Krylova; Anna Vladislavovna Bogacheva; Sergey Pavlovich Polozov; Maria Anatolyrvna Bovda; Robert Sergetevich Bovda; Dzheykhun Nasimi Ogly; Vadim Vladimirovich Podkopaev; Gleb Igorevich Vasilchenko; Irina Viktorovna Kaverzina and Vladimir Venkov.
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Earlier on Friday, Romney officially announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Utah.