Russians indicted in Mueller investigation

Pauline Gross
July 13, 2018

Grand jury turned in an indictment charging the 12 Russian military officers with conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

The charges come as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election.

The Russians named in the indictment discussed how and when to release material they'd accumulated in order to make the biggest political splash inside the United States, Rosenstein said.

"All 12 are members of GRU, the Russian intelligence agency".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry is looking into alleged Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election.

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And the announcement came at the same time that Trump and the first lady were meeting at Windsor Castle with the Queen. The statement notes that they began "spearphishing" volunteers and employees of Clinton's campaign, including its chairman.

Rosenstein said at the time that the Russians had waged "information warfare" against the U.S. during the 2016 campaign, with the aim of "spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general". "Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide and conquer us".

In just over a year since his appointment as special counsel, Robert Mueller and his hand-picked team of prosecutors have filed nine indictments covering twenty individuals and three businesses, earned five guilty pleas, have two criminal cases headed to trial, and sentenced one person to prison.

On Thursday, GOP lawmakers skewered FBI agent Peter Strzok at a congressional hearing over his work as the former lead agent in the Russian Federation probe and an earlier investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

With the charges, Mueller's prosecutors have marked out another Internet pathway they say Russian Federation used to influence the US election.

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