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Justice Dept. Announces 12 Russians Indictments In Mueller Investigation

Justice Dept. Announces 12 Russians Indictments In Mueller Investigation

The Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday with a litany of alleged offenses related to Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails, state election systems and other targets in 2016.

The first indications of the subject matter came shortly before the conference began with reports that a notice posted in the main federal courthouse in Washington, DC, indicated that attorneys from Mueller's Special Counsel's Office and the DOJ National Security Division had visited Friday morning related to a grand jury indictment.

"It is a stunning set of indictments and clearly indicates that a lot of what the president and his administration have said about the hacks on Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC simply was not true", Tapper added.

All 12 defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian federation intelligence agency within the main intelligence directorate of the Russian military, who were acting in "their official capacities".

Mueller, appointed by the Justice Department in May 2017 to take over an investigation earlier handled by the FBI, is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation and whether the president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.




Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the indictment does not name any American citizen. The indictment does not allege that Trump campaign associates were involved in the hacking efforts or that any American was knowingly in contact with Russian intelligence officers.

While Friday's indictment does not include any criminal allegations against a USA citizen, the charges note that Guccifer 2.0 allegedly communicated with "U.S. persons about the release of stolen documents".

"We do have a - a political problem where - you know in the United States we have this stupidity going on".

Trump has promised to raise the issue of election meddling with Putin, saying Friday he will "absolutely firmly ask the question" during their meeting. He said that Mueller's investigation continues. "But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation".