“With the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible” of Moscow’s interference in the race, Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said Saturday at a conference in Germany. Moments earlier, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, speaking through an interpreter, had dismissed the indictment as “just blabber.”
The Russian organization was funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the indictment says. He is a wealthy St. Petersburg businessman with ties to the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin.
Trump quickly claimed vindication Friday, noting in a tweet that the alleged interference efforts began in 2014 — “long before I announced that I would run for President.”