U.S. indicts Russian intelligence officers ahead of Trump-Putin summit

Hannah Rogers
July 15, 2018

The senators also demanded that Trump press for the extradition of the 12 Russian military intelligence officials who were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday for hacking into Democrats' emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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.

Rosenstein said the Americans who were corresponding with the GRU officers were unaware they were Russian operatives.

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"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections", Schumer said in a statement.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke at a convention of state secretaries of state, an event that's usually a low-key affair highlighting voter registration, balloting devices and election security issues that don't get much public attention.

The 29-page indictment issued Friday accuses members of the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU of carrying out "large-scale cyber operations" to steal Clinton campaign and Democratic Party documents and emails.

She said USA intelligence officials are seeing "persistent Russian efforts using social media, sympathetic spokespeople and other fronts to sow discord and divisiveness amongst the American people, though not necessarily focused on specific politicians or political campaigns".

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The top state election officials from throughout the US are gathering this weekend in Philadelphia amid fresh revelations of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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

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".

The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is looking into Russian interference in the November 2016 vote and whether any members of Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow.

That evening, the indictment says, the Russians attempted to break into email accounts used by Clinton's personal office, along with 76 Clinton campaign email addresses. Among those targeted was John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman.

By June 2016, the defendants, relying on fictional personas such as DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, began planning the release of tens of thousands of stolen emails, the indictment alleges. Private speeches she gave to financial industry firms were particularly damaging within the left wing of the Democratic party and among independents frustrated with the influence of Wall Street in politics. Guccifer 2.0 said it would be a "great pleasure" to help. "(P) retty standard", the person responded.

The charges come as Mueller continues to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. It was the first by Mueller that directly charges the Russian government with meddling in the election, which Trump unexpectedly won. The 20 are four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty to different crimes and agreed to cooperate, and 13 Russians accused of participating in a hidden but powerful social media campaign to sway USA public opinion in the 2016 election.

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