US indicts 12 Russian spies for 2016 election hacking

US indicts 12 Russian spies for 2016 election hacking

On Friday a federal grand jury said Russia's military intelligence agency officers covertly monitored computers of Hillary Clinton's campaign and Democratic campaign committees, and stole large amounts of data.

On Friday, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters pointed out that there was no allegation in the document unveiled by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that any Americans knew they were corresponding with Russians or that any United States citizen had committed a crime.

But Ushakov told reporters on Friday that the United States side in the summit may raise the issue of alleged election meddling. But now Trump is under pressure - including from several members of Congress from his own party - to confront Putin about claims he tried to sabotage the election that put Trump in the White House.

It was unclear whether the indictment might factor into Mr. Trump's meeting with Mr. Putin on Monday.

Mr. Mueller did not allege that Trump campaign associates were involved in the hacking effort, that Americans were knowingly in touch with Russian intelligence officers or that any vote tallies were altered by hacking.

A few hours before the indictments were announced, Trump called the Mueller investigation a "rigged witch hunt" that is hurting the United States' relationship with Russian Federation.

"He's been very nice to me the times I've met him", Trump said Thursday after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

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Russia's foreign ministry described the allegations as a "heap of conspiracy schemes" meant to "damage the atmosphere" before Monday's talks.

"This exchange is now entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails", said lawyer Grant Smith.

After golfing today, aides say Mr. Trump will prepare for his Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

The letter was signed by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who was among those who on Friday called on Trump to cancel the summit, and the top Democrats on the Senate Intelligence, Armed Services, Foreign Relations and other national security-related committees.

A candidate for Congress asked Russian hackers to provide documents on their campaign's opponent before the 2016 U.S. election, a charging document says. "Democrats contend Republicans" fixation on Rosenstein is really an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller, who reports to Rosenstein and has been making inroads in his investigation of the Russian election interference plot.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Putin personally ordered a campaign to undermine "public faith in the USA democratic process" with the goal of hurting Clinton's candidacy and ultimately helping to elect Trump. "I think that you'll be rewarded mightily by our press".

The indictment says the defendants also transferred stolen documents to a state lobbyist, two reporters and a group referred to as "Organization 1". "(P) retty standard", the person responded. "But I will absolutely firmly ask the question". He's a competitor. You know, somebody was saying, 'Is he an enemy?' No, he's not my enemy. For example, on or about July 27, 2016, the Conspirators attempted after hours to spearfish for the first time email accounts at a domain hosted by a third party and used by Clinton's personal office. "At or about the same time, they also targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton campaign". Look, if we can get along with Russian Federation that's a good thing.

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