John Podesta: 'We Just Found Some Witches And They Were Indicted'

US indicts 12 Russians for hacking DNC emails during the 2016 election

US indicts 12 Russians for hacking DNC emails during the 2016 election

The indictment, announced hours ago by Rosenstein, targets 12 Russian intelligence officers for engaging in a sustained effort to hack networks of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

It stems from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

What did the hackers find out?

Because Mueller has maintained public silence on his investigation, Rosenstein has made the few public pronouncements on the probe outside of legal documents and courtroom proceedings. They did this "to undermine the allegations of Russian responsibility for the intrusion", the indictment said.

Even so, Trump said Thursday "I think we would have a chance to have a very good relationship with Russian Federation and a very good relationship with Putin" were it not for Mueller's "rigged witch hunt".

The announcement comes just days before President Trump's planned meeting with his Russian counterpart, President Putin, scheduled for Monday, July 16.

Kovalev is accused of targeting a state voter system in the U.S. In July 2016, he allegedly hacked the website of an unnamed state board of elections and stole information for 500,000 voters.

Rosenstein said he had briefed Trump about the indictment before Friday's announcement.

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

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The deputy AG denied the indictment was released to coincide with the Putin-Trump summit. "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along", said White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters.

Media captionPutin laughs at political chaos in US Who are the defendants?

It's unlikely the Russians will be taken to court, but naming them shows the investigation is aware of them and their actions.

One of the Russian units worked to steal information, and another was created to disseminate the information, Rosenstein said. The defendants were part of the Russian Federation's Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU).

The names of the accused are Viktor Borisovich Netyksho, Boris Alekseyevich Antonov, Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin, Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov, Aleksey Viktorovich Lukashev, Sergey Aleksandrovich Morgachev, Nikolay Yuryevich Kozachek, Pavel Vyacheslavovich Yershov, Artem Andreyevich Malyshev, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Osadchuk, Aleksey Aleksandrovich Potemkin, and Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev. According to CNN's Jake Tapper, "Prosecutors from Robert Mueller's Special Counsel's Office and the Justice Department's National Security Division visited the courtroom of a federal magistrate judge in DC this a.m.to return a grand jury indictment".

Twitter messages match Roger Stone's: Additionally, the indictment indicates on August 15 the Russian officers posing as Guccifer 2.0 "wrote a person who was in regular contact with senior members" of the Trump campaign, and also again on September 9, with language that matches Twitter messages released by Roger Stone, who is not named in the indictment.

It was the first round of new global indictments since February, when 13 Russians and three Russian companies were charged with campaign interference and coordinating with low-level Trump campaign activists.

The President, who is visiting the United Kingdom right now, maintains and insists that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and himself, his campaign, his family, and his staff, to derail Clinton's White House bid.

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