RUSH: Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general conducting a press conference right now saying that the independent counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russian military officers for hacking the Democrat National Committee computer network and they stole 500,000 voters’ information, according to Rosenstein and his press conference.
He’s pointing out that they followed the rule of law, proper procedures in tracking these people down. Twelve Russian military officers indicted for DNC hacking. They say the keystoke reading codes spied on the Democrat National Committee chair would be Debbie “Blabbermouth” Schultz and other Democrat National Committee linked accounts.
The Russians also tried to get into the RNC computer but failed. I don’t think there’s any real news here other than the indictment. Note the day they are announced. Note the day and time that the Trump administration announces these indictments by the independent special counsel.
RUSH: Collecting data from the Rod Rosenstein press conference as it happens. Here’s what we have. Mueller has indicted 12 Russian officers for hacking the Democrats in 2016. This was during the Obama administration. And nothing was done about it. Two specific kinds of hacks were mentioned. The old phishing attack, which we have informed you about many times, which is where they send you emails that look legitimate with a link that you’re supposed to tap to fill in more information, provide somebody with data. It looks legit, you fall for it, John Podesta did.
And the other kind of hack was just an actual hack and trying to get into Democrat National Committee servers. Now, keep in mind, if this happened, the Democrat National Committee would not let the FBI investigate this server! I don’t know if Rosenstein mentioned that today, but the Democrats would not let the FBI examine their server. Now, something may have happened since then that Mueller’s boys have looked at it.
When this was all over, Rosenstein then went and got political and he said that it’s important to keep in mind here that the people that did this are the Russians and not any of the — forget the exact words he used, but what he was attempting to do was exonerate Obama. He was trying to make sure that nobody blamed any Americans for this, because remember, it’s 2016. Obama’s in the White House.
He went out of his way to make sure everybody keeps in mind that it’s the Russians that did this. Now, he did not say what he said I think to exonerate Trump; don’t misunderstand. But he clearly was trying to make sure nobody connected Obama to this.
RUSH: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, at the end of the — well, wasn’t necessarily the end, but at the press conference where he announced the indictment of 12 more Russians for hacking and getting into the DNC servers in 2016, now, listen to this statement. This was included in the press conference.
“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result.”
So, once again we have had another bombshell indictment or event that the Drive-Bys get to cover, that the Drive-Bys get to go overboard, “See? There was Russian collusion, there was Russian collusion.” Just like all those stories in the New York Times and all those anonymous blind sources convinced that Trump had colluded, somewhere in every story near the end or in the last 25% of the story one line that would indicate to date no evidence for any of this has yet been found.
In a 1500-word story they’d throw a little eight- or nine-word sentence, and that’s what Rosenstein has done today, announced this gigantic indictment. Man, this Mueller guy, he is on the case, he is tracking down Russians everywhere. He’s finding Russians — he had those Russian troll farms. And that was, you know, just a PR move. There’s no substance there. And now, and now 12 more Russians trying to get into the DNC server.
So people, “Yeah, look, see the Russians did? The Russians did.” Then Rosenstein practically whispers, “Well, there’s no allegation in the indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. Shh. Shh. And there’s no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected an election at all. So there’s really nothing to see here, because whatever these Russians were trying, it didn’t affect the election at all.”
And yet we’ve got this gigantic, big announcement today, press conference, 13, 12 Russians indicted for hacking the DNC. So what do you think is the logical conclusion most people are gonna come to? After a year and a half of hearing about Trump-Russia collusion, are they gonna hear Rosenstein say, “By the way, doesn’t involve any Americans. No votes were affected. The outcome of no election was affected.” Gonna hear that? What do you think?
RUSH: We’ve now had a chance to roll some tape on Rosenstein and his press conference today announcing that the special counsel has indicted 12 dastardly Russian spies for daring, for having the audacity to hack into the Democrat National Committee network.
There were two kinds of hacks. There were phishing attacks on members’ emails, and the standard, run-of-the-mill trying to get into the computer and hack it. Keep in mind, Democratic National Committee never let the FBI forensically examine their server or their network. They hired some outfit called CrowdStrike to do it — private sector firm, third-party firm — and then they informed everybody what they’d found.
I don’t think the Democratic National Committee wanted anybody to find out what was on these servers. And I want to remind you of something that I have been maintaining for many, many months now. I think the Mueller special counsel investigation is actually the cover-up for what Strzok Smirk was being questioned about yesterday. I think this entire investigation into Trump colluding with Russia is a cover-up. I think it’s designed to cover up what Hillary and her campaign did with the Russians.
I think it’s a cover-up to make sure — the reason why they didn’t want the FBI to see that server is because there’s probably evidence on that server of how they rigged the primaries against Bernie Sanders, and they didn’t want the FBI to see that. And notice the FBI didn’t press to see it. You know, Comey said they told us they didn’t want us to look at it so we didn’t look.
Can you imagine FBI coming to your doorway, there’s been a crime committed in your house. You may have been committing the crime and you said to the FBI, “We don’t want you here. We’ll handle it internally.” The FBI, “Oh, okay. Sorry to bother you.” Well, that’s exactly what happened here. Debbie “Blabbermouth” Schultz and Donna Brazile told the FBI, told Comey, “No, no. We’ll handle this internally.” And the FBI said, “Okay.”
I don’t think anybody wanted to find out what was actually on this server ’cause I don’t think they wanted to have to get into any kind of legitimate investigation because they didn’t want to have to uncover what everybody knew! And that was that Hillary and the DNC and Debbie “Blabbermouth” Schultz rigged that game against Bernie Sanders.
I think Hillary’s emails are part of the cover-up, making sure that Obama was not in any way touched in such a way that an investigation of him would be required, or that an investigation of Hillary or a trail or charges of Hillary would necessarily include Obama. So they wanted to get rid of Trump anyway. They wanted to stymie Trump during the campaign, and then they wanted to stymie Trump after he won, during his transition, and then they wanted to stymie him after he was inaugurated.
I’m convinced they thought they’d get rid of him in the first six months. I really believe, folks, that that’s what they thought they’d be able to pull off. You gotta remember, look at Strzok’s smirk yesterday. All of these people are that arrogant and that condescending, that certain of themselves, and they also, Strzok Smirk, the attitude that he had yesterday that grated on me more than anything was (imitating Smirk), “You can’t touch me. Don’t care what you ask me, I don’t care what you’ve got, you can’t touch me. I can sit here and I can lie to you people all day. You can’t touch me.”
He had the facial expressions that go along with that kind of arrogant confidence, if you will. And I think these people believe that they are untouchable and that they can slink away and hide and they will protect each other. I have no doubt they thought they’d get rid of Trump in the first six months. I think they think of themselves as having that kind of power, having that kind of ability to bend, shape, flake, form public opinion.
They were able to incorporate almost the entirety of the U.S. media in this effort. Their only problem was they really never had any facts. They didn’t have any facts. As I said, every story they ran had to include, “So far no evidence to suggest any of these serious allegations are true, but the experts say it’s only a matter of time before it’s forthcoming” or some such thing.