Indictment Details How Russians Tried To Influence North Carolinians

Feb 16, 2018

An anti-Trump event set up under false pretenses and bogus claims of voter fraud were used by Russians to influence North Carolinians, according to the latest indictment (pages 19 and 23 refer to events in North Carolina) filed by the Special Counsel's office as part of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Special Counsel's Office, led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, indicted 13 Russians today as part of the ongoing probe. In the indictment, the Russians are accused of using a Twitter account purportedly as a representative of the Tennessee Republican Party. That account falsely posted that investigations of voter fraud were taking place August 11, 2016.

After President Trump bested Democrat Hillary Clinton in the election, Russians coordinated an anti-Trump rally, "Charlotte Against Trump," that occurred on or after Nov. 19, according to the indictment. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein said in a press conference the Russians would often coordinate opposing rallies at the same time to sow confusion.