Russians Indicted for DNC Hack, Stealing Voter Info

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Twelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted by a U.S. grand jury on Friday - just three days before President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin - for interfering in the November 2016 presidential election.

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, on Friday announced new charges stemming from the ongoing Department of Justice investigation led by Muller, into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

The indictment accuses the Russian hackers, starting in March 2016, of covertly monitoring the computers of dozens of Democratic officials and volunteers, implanting malicious computer code known as malware to explore the networks and steal data and of phishing emails to gain access to accounts.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's wide-net Russian Federation investigation has officially resulted in 191 criminal charges against 35 defendants, and that count may only rise. They are accused of taking part in a hidden but powerful social media campaign to influence public opinions in America before the November 2016 elections.

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Special Counsel and Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller indicted 12 members of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency over interfering in the 2016 United States presidential election.

The indictment was announced at nearly exactly the moment that Trump rolled into the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to meet the awaiting Queen Elizabeth II in the symbolic highpoint of his visit to Britain.

Mueller's team alleges that Guccifer 2.0, a "hacker" created as a front for the Russians, hacked into the Democratic National Committee in September 2016.

The indictment says that Florida elections officials were targets of the operatives, who worked for the Russian foreign intelligence service, the GRU. If that link is established, it would shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in the US elections given that the GRU is part of the state machine. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that it was time to end the Mueller investigation since "no Americans are involved".

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Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation and whether the president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

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

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing", Trump said.

Hours later, the Main Intelligence Directorate in Moscow appeared to heed the call - targeting Clinton's personal office and hitting more than 70 other Clinton campaign accounts. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Mr. Trump should cancel the meeting if he will not hold Putin accountable.

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Mr Trump said at a news conference on Friday near London with British Prime Minister Theresa May that he was not going into the meeting with Mr Putin with "high expectations". "We would have a chance to have ... a very good relationship with President Putin".