Russia wasted no time responding to today's surprising DOJ charge which found not Russia collusion, but what some have described as criminal trolling: "13 people interfered in the US elections?! 13 against an intelligence services budget of billions? Against intelligence and counterintelligence, against the latest developments and technologies? Absurd? Yes" Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharaova wrote on Facebook.
And then, shortly after 3pm, in his first official response which also took place on a social network, in this case his favorite Twitter, President Trump also responded to the DOJ, stating that because "Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President" and because "the results of the election were not impacted" then "The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion!"
Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2018
And while Trump can celebrate for now, earlier in the afternoon, the top House Intel Committee Democrat Schiff laid out what the next angle of attack will be in the special counsel probe:
"The indictment leaves open the vital question of whether Americans, including any associated with the Trump campaign, knowingly played a role in Russia’s active measures campaign.”
We expect the answer will be unveiled shortly, especially after yesterday's news that Mueller managed to flip a third witness in the Russia probe...