No collusion: Russian meddling didn't impact USA polls, says Trump

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base Md. Friday Feb. 16 2018 to travel to Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach Fla

No collusion: Russian meddling didn't impact USA polls, says Trump

But US President Donald Trump's national security advisor told politicians minutes later at the same event that evidence of Russian meddling was beyond dispute.

McMaster's remarks follow the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies by a federal grand jury for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential elections. And the campaign was not "unwitting". Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty in December to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with Kislyak before Trump's inauguration.

Asked to comment, a Facebook spokesperson pointed BuzzFeed News to a subsequent tweet from Goldman where the Facebook VP said, "I am only speaking here about the Russian behavior on Facebook".

Meanwhile, RIA news agency cited the Russian presidential envoy as saying there is no evidence behind the USA indictments and said Moscow has given multiple explanations on what Washington called "Russian meddling efforts".

His cheers of vindication Friday appeared to be more show than substance.

"After all these months of the Mueller probe, the "collusion" theory will likely collapse, and soon", he said.

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The indictment also notes that the defendants' efforts to influence the election "included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton". They also attempted organizing rallies against him using the "Donald Trump is Not My President" slogan, as well as initiatives to protest the elections results. As part of the inquiry, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged with conspiring to defraud the United States by abetting with Ukraine, and to launder money. White House Press Sec. "I didn't vote for Trump or Hillary", said Hough.

But neither the indictment nor Mueller's office has ruled out any potential collusion in any other plot to disrupt the election.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday (local time) he had already seen evidence Russian Federation was targeting USA elections in November, when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate were at stake, plus a host of positions in state governments.

Four Trump campaign officials, including his campaign manager Paul Manafort and his national security adviser Michael Flynn, have already been indicted as part of Mueller's broader investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said there was no allegation that any American was "a knowing participant in this illegal activity" nor was it alleged that the meddling altered the election outcome. Steve Bannon, interviewed for hours by Mueller, has publicly discounted the chance that the president would not have known about the June 2016 visit from Kremlin emissaries to Trump Tower.

"It is more important than ever before to come together as Americans", Trump said in a statement released by Sanders.

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"We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections", Trump added.

The White House has demonstrated little enthusiasm for holding Russian Federation to account.

President Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk in Vietnam in November.

Prigozhin said Friday he was not upset by the indictment.

"It has been clear to everyone (except Donald Trump) that Russian Federation was deeply involved in the 2016 election and intends to be involved in 2018", Sanders tweeted.

Those companies have taken steps to prevent such meddling in the future.

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To be sure, the Russians had multiples objectives in 2016, one of which was to "sow discord" among the electorate.

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