Russian agents allegedly used Bitcoin to fund the DNC hack
Russian agents allegedly used Bitcoin to fund the DNC hack
Robert Mueller appears on Capitol Hill in 2013. Jewel Samad Getty Images
14 July, 2018, 04:59
The indictments were announced Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Rosenstein told reporters the Russian military officers were accused of "conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", including by hacking Democratic Party emails ahead of the vote.
Before Friday's indictment, Mueller's team had charged 20 individuals and three companies as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump's campaign.
The DOJ indicts 12 Russian intelligence officials, just days before President Trump is set to meet with Vladimir Putin.
Attorney Ken White, a former federal prosecutor, weighs Trump's comments and the apparent Russian reaction and wonders if what he said might amount to aiding and abetting a crime.
The indictment represents special counsel Robert Mueller's first charges against Russian government officials for interfering in American politics, an effort USA intelligence agencies say was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
If the involvement of the GRU officers in the hacking effort is proved, it would shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in the USA elections.
One attempt at interference came hours after Trump, in a July 27, 2016, speech, suggested Russians look for emails that Clinton said she had deleted from her tenure as secretary of state.
Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that it was time to end the investigation since "no Americans are involved" in Friday's indictment. "This exchange is entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails, as well as taking place many weeks after the events described in today's indictment". That indictment said the Russians adopted false online personas to push divisive messages, traveled to the United States to collect intelligence and staged political rallies while posing as Americans.
Hours before the Justice Department announcement, Mr Trump complained anew that the special counsel's investigation is complicating his efforts to forge a better working relationship with Russian Federation.
Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation and whether the president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation. "If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the #HelsinkiSummit should not move forward", McCain said in a series of tweets Friday.
Trump said at a news conference Friday near London with British Prime Minister Theresa May that he wasn't going into the meeting with Putin with "high expectations". Indeed, an indictment that directly points to Russian President Vladimir Putin makes it much more hard for critics to dismiss Russia's culpability in election hacking as unproven.
"If it is Russian Federation, which it probably is not, nobody knows who it is, but if it is Russian Federation, it's really bad for a different reason because it shows how little respect they have for our country when they would hack into a major party and get everything", Trump said.
Southgate is well aware of what an opportunity they let slip but is not worrying about whether this summer is as good as it gets. We would be delighted if Modric won the MVP and the Golden Ball for being the best player at the tournament.
It's entirely possible that after all the negotiations, Chelsea could stand by Conte as the most efficient course of action. Jorginho was a key player in Sarri's Napoli team, but De Laurentiis said that he "wasn't essential" for Ancelotti.
Bottas said: "I'm disappointed - our pace was good today and it was all going well for me, but I lost it in the last two corners". Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "To put it in James Allison's words, this is either deliberate or incompetence ".
Over the weekend, Samsung opened the world's largest mobile phone factory on the outskirts of Delhi, via Bloomberg . The prime minister's office (PMO) tweeted a picture of the two leaders travelling on the Delhi Metro .
The UNC told the USA defense ministry about North Korea's proposal and is waiting for Washington's answer, the source added. There is speculation that North Korea may also want payment for the return of the remains, our correspondent adds.
The captain was the man of the match again in the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in Sochi at the weekend. But the England boss is well aware of the threat that Croatia pose in the centre of the field.
Fernando Hierro was given the job on a caretaker basis, to at least initially see Spain through this summer's World Cup. However, the 2010 world champions were knocked out on penalties by hosts Russian Federation in the last 16.
Manafort at the time was both registered as a foreign lobbyist and leading a federal agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corp. Previously, they had described him as being kept in "solitary confinement" nearly 24 hours a day for his own safety.
Both those accords were the result of years of painstaking diplomacy by European leaders, and Trump unilaterally trashed them. One woman who saw the President arrive said he had given a "short speech" which she described as "lovely".
Three Lions on course for United Kingdom number one
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India thrash England to win Twenty20 series
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Sublime Serena to face Kerber in her 10th Wimbledon final
She was ranked No. 1 when she took her maternity leave and was ranked 183rd in the world after returning to the tour in March. Goerges, playing her first Slam semifinal, sent a forehand flying wide off the sidelines to concede serve.
Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys and soccer coach freed
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African players in France's World Cup team
He praised the adaptability of his squad after changing system from a 3-man to a 4-man defense against Brazil. Henry, who won the 1998 tournament with Deschamp on home soil, works as assistant coach with the Red Devils .
Half of the twelve boys rescued from Thai cave
Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around in hospital . The young soccer team, whose ages range between 11 and 16, will have to make their way through the cave's flooded tunnel system.
Ant-Man 2 Box Office Slows Down
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