(National Sentinel) On Friday special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a federal grand jury had indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities on charges they interfered with the 2016 election, allegedly to assist President Donald J. Trump.

Later in the day, Nick Short of Security Studies Group and Michelle Malkin Investigates tweeted images of visa applications showing that two of the 13 Russians were granted permission to enter the U.S. in 2014, at the time John Kerry was head of the State Department.

“From indictment, 2 of the Russians were able to enter U.S. on travel visas which they received after applying for them through the State Dept in 2014. From June 4, 2014 – June 26, 2014 they traveled around the US. Who was head of the FBI & State Dept at this time again?” he tweeted.

The time period is notable because Mueller’s indictment said the Russian interference effort began in 2014. Short’s report is also noteworthy because it indicates that the Obama administration was aware of the Russians’ activities.

Democrats praised Mueller for his work on Friday, while Republicans and President Donald J. Trump noted that the indictments claimed no Americans wittingly cooperated with the interference operation. That would include the president’s campaign team.

Trump also noted that the espionage effort began a full year before he decided to declare his intention to seek the GOP nomination.

Critics of Mueller’s investigation, which reportedly will continue for several months, are frustrated by his continued lack of evidence against the president and most of his campaign team.

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“After sixteen months of investigations and over a year-and-a-half of the FBI and Obama administration spying on Donald Trump, his family, his business, his campaign, his transition team and his administration — Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped an absolute nothing-burger today in announcing charges against Russian operatives who sullied the US election process,” The Gateway Pundit noted.

New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin observed that Mueller’s findings and indictment prove that Trump defeated Hillary Clinton “fair and square.”

“The indictments … state forcefully that despite their social media efforts, which ranged from creative to clumsy, the Russians had no impact on the election results,” he wrote.

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