Originally posted by @mott-the-hoople
why shouldn't they?
I'll let Dara Lind explain it to ya:
In other words, this is Putin’s “interesting idea” to address exhaustively documented allegations that employees of the Russian government tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign by hacking into, and publishing, private emails from one major party in the campaign:
1. Have Russian government officials ask other Russian government officials if the Russian government told them to commit a crime.
2. Let US officials watch Russian officials ask other Russian officials if the Russian government told them to commit a crime.
3. Send Russian officials into the US to investigate allegations against domestic critics of Vladimir Putin.
But if Putin offered a quid pro quo, Trump appears to have heard only a favor. He later praised Putin for his willingness in cooperating in the investigation into his own government:
What he did is an incredible offer. He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people. I think that’s an incredible offer.
It is “incredible” — in that it is extremely hard to believe that a government whose employees are being investigated by a foreign country is going to participate, in good faith, in that investigation while denying out of hand that any wrongdoing took place. But Trump appears to believe just that.
The investigation as regards these 12 Russian intelligence agents is over; the evidence was presented to a Grand Jury that found probable cause to indict them for crimes against the United States. We don't need Putin stooges "investigating" other Putin stooges; if Putin wants to assert their innocence, he should surrender them to the US for trial.