"Brand Paul Ryan a complete and absolute nobody incapable of any decisiveness," the directive said. "Emphasize that while serving as Speaker, this two-faced loudmouth has not accomplished anything good for American or for American citizens."
U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger said, "The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to this day, is to sow discord in the U.S. political system and to undermine faith in our democratic institutions.
Terwilliger's office said that Khusyaynova controlled financial documents that related to expenses for activities in the United States, "such as expenditures for activists, advertisements on social media platforms, registration of domain names, the purchase of proxy servers, and 'promoting news postings on social networks.' "
"Between January 2016 and June 2018, Project Lakhta's proposed operating budget totaled more than $35 million, although only a portion of these funds were directed at the United States. Between January and June 2018 alone, Project Lakhta's proposed operating budget totaled more than $10 million," the prosecutor's office said.
Asked about the complaint, Trump told reporters it has "nothing to do with my campaign."
"They probably like [former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton] better than me," Trump said.
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, a member of the Armed Service Committee, said, "America needs to see what Putin is doing."
"Election after election, Putin and his cronies are working to undermine our public trust. This [complaint] shows that he won't stop working to divide Americans — we have to keep exposing his effort for what it is: political warfare. It's good to see [the Justice Department] push back on Putin's shadow war by publicly indicting his shadow warriors and bring his war to light."
Download the complaint here.
Read the complaint against Elena Khusyaynova here.