United States indicts 12 Russians for hacking DNC emails during the 2016 election

Cheryl Sanders
July 13, 2018

"There is no evidence that any American committed a crime", Rosenstein said during a press conference at the Department of Justice on Friday.

"The indictment charges twelve Russian military officers for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election".

Hillary Clinton's campaign organization and the Democratic National Committee may have been targets, including Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, but Rosenstein declined to identify them.

On Feb. 16, his prosecutors charged 13 Russians and three Russian entities they said were part of a broader effort to sow discord among USA voters through social media - which they used to impersonate Americans, coordinate with unwitting US activists and even plan rallies.

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.

In the indictment, which became the latest development in the special counsel investigation headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, described the details of the transaction.

Count Eleven charges conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States by attempting to hack into the computers of state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and USA companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of elections.

Trump has frequently dismissed the Russian Federation probe as a "witch hunt" and expressed his anger that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing the investigation.

Hours before the Justice Department announcement, Trump complained anew that the special counsel's investigation is complicating his efforts to forge a better working relationship with Russian Federation. Trump told reporters on his visit to the United Kingdom on Friday that he planned to "ask" Putin about Russia's attack on the election. He said that Mueller's investigation continues. Trump and Putin are scheduled to hold talks Monday in Finland, a meeting largely sought by Trump. "But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation".

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