While testifying before Congress, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller said that Russia wanted Trump to win the 2016 election.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California), asked Mueller if “the Russian government… would benefit from one of the candidates winning?” 

Mueller stated that the Russian’s did benefit and that its meddling should be taken seriously. He also added that it is “not a hoax” that Russia interfered with the election. In 2018, 13 Russians were indicted for meddling with U.S. elections by the special counsel’s ream. Mueller stated that they “had a strategic goal to sow discord in the… 2016 U.S. presidential election.” 

Lofgren continued by asking which candidate he thought the Russians would benefit from.

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Mueller answered with “it would be Trump.” 

Trump has said recently that he wouldn’t report foreign election help to the FBI.

Trump waisted no time to post a tweet proclaiming his innocence,”NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!”

Mueller added in his opening statement, “We did not address ‘collusion,’ which is not a legal term. Rather, we focused on whether the evidence was sufficient to charge any member of the campaign with taking part in a criminal conspiracy.”

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