WASHINGTON – The Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is getting poor reviews from the Kremlin.
The report "does not present any reasonable proof at all that Russia allegedly meddled in the electoral process in the U.S," said Dmitry Peskov, top spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In fact, the report from special counsel Robert Mueller details how Russian interests hacked prominent Democrats and pushed fake news about President Donald Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.
"The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion," the report says.
Mueller's team indicted more than two dozen Russian officials in connection with the effort. The report say the Russians wanted to sow dissension within the American public, and that the Kremlin saw advantages in having Trump as president.
Even before the 2016 election in the United States, officials in numerous European nations accused the Russians of trying to sabotage their elections.
Peskov noted that Putin has repeatedly denied claims of election interference "because there was none.”
The Russian government has been disputing the Mueller report since the moment it was released Thursday morning.
"Not a single piece of evidence is there," said Georgy Borisenko of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s North America Department. "Not a single piece of evidence is there. The authors of the report have in fact confessed they have nothing to report."
In fact, the report spent hundreds of pages on Russian election activity.
It said that while Russians had numerous contacts with members of Trump's campaign, there was no evidence of coordination between the two groups. Instead, the Russians pursued a plan designed to damage Clinton and help Trump.
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