In a direct challenge to the legitimacy of the Mueller investigation, Donald Trump announced on Friday that he’ll award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 13 Russians charged by the Justice Department with subverting the 2016 election and helping him win the White House.
“I want our friends in Russia to know just how much we appreciate their interest in our democratic system of government,” said Mr. Trump in a statement issued by the White House communications department. “These 13 men showed tremendous entrepreneurial spirit, ingenuity, and bold ambition in their efforts to become active participants in our electoral process and I think these are qualities every American should appreciate. And let me just say again, NO COLLUSION!”
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award bestowed by this country, and recognizes people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
A recipient does not have to be an American citizen to get the award, but this marks the first time a Russian national will receive the Medal of Freedom and it comes under extremely controversial circumstances.
It is not known when the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards ceremony for the 13 Kremlin cronies will be held, but it is not likely that any of the recipients will attend. Entering this country for any reason would lead to the immediate arrest of the Russian conspirators.
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