Russian Agents and American Traitors Indicted: Meddling in 2022 Florida Election
Putin is at it again. After interfering in the 2016 Presidential race; his agents were busy meddling in the Florida 2022 Election with Eyes on the Presidential Race.
It’s time Attorney General Merritt Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate John Durham and the former U.S. attorney general Bill Barr to uncover both the evidence of former President Trump’s alleged financial misdeeds and evidence handed to both men by the Italian government.
In addition, a newly appointed Special Counsel should investigate if Bill Barr committed obstruction of justice, and covered up the more than a dozen instances of obstruction of justice by the former president that were cited in Special Counsellor Robert Muller’s report, and finally look into the money trail from Russia to Trump and his family and businesses.
It doesn't take a master international political strategist to recognize that because Vladimir Putin got away with interference in the 2016 Presidential election, he has continued his covert interference, as evidenced by a federal grand jury charging four U.S. citizens and three Russian nationals with working with Kremlin intelligence services to conduct a multi-year political influence campaign, including last years election Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to position him for the Presidential election in 2024.
A superseding indictment just made public alleges that Russian national Aleksandr Viktorovich Ionov, founder of the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia (AGMR), is alleged to have used his organization under the direction of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and three Moscow-based intelligence officers to recruit, fund and direct pro-Kremlin propaganda within the U.S. with the help of four Florida-based activists.
The LA Times is reporting…
“Ionov recruited four St. Petersburg members of the African People’s Socialist Party and the Uhuru Movement, which have been active in civil rights for decades in Florida, and another political group in California to generate support for Russia's annexation of Ukraine and other Kremlin priorities.”
The federal indictment charges APSP chairman and founder Omali Yeshitela, APSP group leader Penny Joanne Hess, APSP member and former St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel, and APSP leader and Black Hammer founder Augustus C. Romain Jr., also known as Gazi Kodzo.
The federal indictment details the involvement of Moscow-based FSB officers Aleksey Borisovich Sukhodolov and Yegor Sergeyevich Popov, also charged in the federal indictment.
Ionov, Sukhodolov, and Popov allegedly conspired to secretly fund and "supervise" a local 2019 race in St. Petersburg, which Popov referred to as "our election campaign," hoped that those efforts would extend beyond that cycle and eventually include the U.S. presidential election -- the FSB’s “main topic of the year.”
The FSB operation in the United States was not just focused on influencing the 2022 mid-term election by also worked to create the appearance of American popular support for Russia's annexation of Ukraine, which included a video statement from Yeshitela congratulating the Russia-backed breakaway state called Donetsk People’s Republic, and APSP frequently hosted Ionov on video conferences to discuss the Kremlin invasion of Ukraine.
Ionov, Sukhodolov, Popov, Yeshitela, Hess, Nevel, and Romain were charged by the Department of Justice as conspiring to have U.S. citizens act as illegal agents of the Russian government within the U.S. without providing prior notification to the attorney general, as required by law, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison if convicted.
Yeshitela, Hess, and Nevel are also charged with acting as agents of Russia within the U.S. without such prior notification, which carries a possible 10-year term if convicted.
The Biden Administration must also deal with the confirmed interference in the 2022 election by imposing additional sanctions on Putin’s regime, and pushing through Congress tougher and longer sentences, including the death sentence for US citizens that take part in a foriegn attach on our nations politial system.
The admission of a Russian Wagner Soldier of shooting a 5-year-old Ukraine child in the head and to murdering others today that was in the news today should put declaring Russia a state sponsor of terrorism back on the table. Declaring Russia of state-sponsored terrorism would be catastrophic for Putin’s economy.