Rosenstein Indicts 12 RUSSIAN AGENTS for 'Hacking' 2016 Election

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

The charges were brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether there was any collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Rosenstein briefed President Trump on the coming indictment earlier this week.

Mueller, appointed by the Justice Department in May 2017 to take over an investigation earlier handled by the FBI, is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation and whether the president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

The announcement came just before President Donald Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

The indictment also does not allege that any vote tallies were altered by hacking.

"There is no evidence that any American committed a crime", Rosenstein said during a press conference at the Department of Justice on Friday.

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'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'.

Mueller has secured indictments against several former Trump campaign aides, including campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn.

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.

Because Mueller has maintained public silence on his investigation, Rosenstein has made the few public pronouncements on the probe outside of legal documents and courtroom proceedings.

"The stakes for the upcoming Trump-Putin meeting could not be higher", Pelosi said.

With the charges, Mueller's prosecutors have marked out another Internet pathway they say Russian Federation used to influence the USA election. "But I love getting along with Russian Federation and China and other countries".

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