The Department of Justice's Friday announcement that more than a dozen Russians have been indicted for election meddling shows Russia was trying to cause chaos in the United States, Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz said.
The Utah Republican pointed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's stunning press conference, during which he presented the facts of how Russia is alleged to have interfered in the U.S. presidential election.
The indictment was brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the DOJ's Russia investigation.
"I think it would be naive to think this is the only thing the Russians were doing and consequently, my guess is that Mueller and his team are looking into other avenues," Chaffetz said on Fox News. "I am struck with the brazen nature of how the Russians will be so aggressive with so many people. I applaud the Department of Justice for bringing forward this indictment, I hope these people are prosecuted.
"I do think it dismantles the Democrats' narrative that this was all about Trump. It's all about the United States of America and sewing discord, and I think that's the narrative that is miraculously portrayed here."
Rosenstein said there is nothing in the indictment that indicates any American citizens were involved in the alleged information warfare campaign. It does, however, charge 13 Russians and three Russian companies with meddling in the U.S. election via several means, including stealing Americans' identities and posing as politically active voters to stir up conversation on social media and organize rallies.
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