Rosenstein says 12 Russian intel officers indicted in special counsel's probe

13 July, 2018, 20:08 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Yuri Gripas  Reuters

The party primaries would have been wrapped by August of 2016, hinting strongly that the individual who requested hacked documents from senior Russian military operatives was a Republican.

The 12 alleged Russian intelligence officials were indicted as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in U.S. politics, Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, was due to announce at a press conference in Washington.

The 12, who are members of the GRU, a Russian intelligence agency, are accused of stealing usernames and passwords of volunteers in Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign, including its chairman John Podesta. Trump said Thursday he would ask Putin about the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 US election, but pointed out Putin will likely deny it. They are charged with infiltrating computers including state boards of election, secretaries of state, and companies that provide software to monitor elections.

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein convened a press conference at the Justice Department on Friday.

The indictment, secured by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his ongoing investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election won by President Donald Trump, was issued three days before Trump, who is now on a visit to Britain, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit in Helsinki.


"Between in or around June 2016 and October 2016, the Conspirators used Guccifer 2.0 to release documents through WordPress that they had stolen from the DCCC and DNC", the indictment read.

"He needs to know what evidence there is of foreign election interference", said Rosenstein.

And the announcement came at the same time that Trump and the first lady were meeting at Windsor Castle with the Queen.

Rosenstein, who said he had briefed President Donald Trump on the indictment, said there was no allegation that the hacking altered any vote count or that any Americans were knowingly in communication with any of the Russian officers.

"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime", he said at a news conference.

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