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Russia targeted the U.S. presidential election with "information warfare" intended to sow discord among Americans, according to an indictment of 13 individuals announced Friday by the Justice Department.

"The defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the United States with the stated goal of spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general," said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The 37-page indictment was signed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Russian meddling in the election and whether there was any  coordination with the Trump campaign.

On "The Five" on Friday, Jesse Watters said there's no doubt that Russia's attacks on our democracy were effective, but they may have had some "help" from an unexpected source.

"I would say the Democrats are helping the Russians sow discord," Watters argued.

He pointed to the unverified anti-Trump dossier -- which was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee -- and "constant accusations of treason" against Trump from Democratic lawmakers.

"If you boil it all up, I would say the dossier and these crazy allegations and the billion dollars Hillary spent on advertising and the biased mainstream media propaganda was much more influential than a few hundred Twitter bots and a few silly rallies held in New York City after the election," Watters said.

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