McMaster Says Russian Election Interference Now Undeniable

President Trump’s national security adviser says the indictment of 13 Russians announced Friday makes evidence of Russian election meddling “incontrovertible.” At the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, H.R. McMaster also dismissed any chance of the U.S. working with Russia on cybersecurity, saying a “cyber dialogue” is only possible “when Russia is sincere about curtailing its sophisticated form of espionage.” The comments came shortly after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the recent indictments against Russians “just blabber.” The federal indictment announced Friday accuses Russia’s Internet Research Agency—commonly referred to as the “troll farm”—and several Russian citizens of engaging in fraud and identity theft in an intricate conspiracy to influence U.S. elections in favor of Trump. The indictment is widely seen as raising the stakes in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and dealing a major blow to those, including the president, who dismissed concerns about Russian meddling as “fake news.”