White House Reacts to Indictments By Maintaining Russian Hacking is ‘Alleged’


President Donald Trump was a little busy when the Russian indictments were announced today, but the White House has responded.

To recap: 12 Russian intel officers were charged with hacking the DNC and the Clinton campaign. The Russians were behind DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 and, as the indictment clearly states, the conspirators posing as Guccifer were communicating with someone in “regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J Trump.”

The DOJ does emphasize, however, “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy altered the vote count or changed any election result.”

The White House response basically just highlighted that bit:

Some reporters were thrown by the “alleged hacking” framing:

And as The New York TimesMaggie Haberman pointed out, there’s no actual condemnation of Russia:

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