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Jay Anderson | 14 July, 2018, 05:00

The indictments come from the US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who's been charged with investigating any suspected links between Russians and officials with President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

"As Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said today, there is no allegation in this indictment that Americans knew that they were corresponding with Russians.There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime".

The White House is stressing that the new indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers contains no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the Trump campaign or that the hacking the Russians are accused of conducting affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

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.

"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", he said.

The DOJ indicts 12 Russian intelligence officials, just days before President Trump is set to meet with Vladimir Putin.




But Representative Jerrold Nadler, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said in a Tweet, "Latest indictments from @TheJusticeDept assert Russian agents were behind the hacks and leaking of DNC emails, in order to influence the 2016 election". If that link is established, it would shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in the USA elections given that the GRU is part of the state machine. Details describe efforts by "Guccifer" and other fronts to reach out to Americans, including one who prosecutors say was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.

The dates and content of the messages described in the indictment between the USA person in regular contact with senior members of Trump's presidential campaign and Guccifer 2.0 match verbatim two screenshots Stone published on his website in March of 2017 of the direct message exchange he had with Guccifer 2.0 on Twitter in 2016. And they say that on the same day Trump said in a speech, "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing", Russian hackers tried for the first time to break into email accounts used by Clinton's personal office.

"Oh", Williams said. "I can't talk more about it until Rosenstein comes out".

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. "But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation".

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". Was the plan to approach Team Trump with the material if they succeeded in uncovering it?

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