Special Counsel Robert Mueller has just handed down indictments for 12 Russian GRU intelligence officers accused of interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, according to Bloomberg.
The 12 Russian nationals were working operating in “their official capacities” when they allegedly hacked into Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, CNN reported. They’ve also been accused of trying to harm the campaigns of Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, according to Fox News.
Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta was one of the victims of the hacking attack, which involved stealing identities and attempting to launder money.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the charges on Friday. Very evident was the lack of allegations levied at President Trump or any other Americans. The evidence just didn’t exist.
"There's no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime," Rosenstein explained. "There's no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result."
He also added that these types of attacks on campaigns shouldn't be a surprise, inferring that we shouldn't automatically jump to the conclusion that Americans or other candidates are behind them.
“The internet allows foreign adversaries to attack America in new and unexpected ways,” Rosenstein said. “Free and fair elections are always hard-fought and contentious. There will always be adversaries who seek to exacerbate our divisions and try to confuse, divide, and conquer us.”
See a snippet of his announcement below:
Trump met with the Queen Elizabeth II of England on Friday and is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on Monday. Trump may ask Putin about Russia's alleged effort to interfere with the U.S. election, but he says he expects the Russian president to deny it, ABC News reported.