Russians targeted by Mueller includes source of 2016 Florida Democrats leaks


As President Trump was meeting with Queen Elizabeth in England, the special counsel back in Washington charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with tampering with the 2016 US election.

For the most part, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 U.S. presidential election has operated silently and stealthily, like a submarine.

Revealing so much "says just how serious this is, and how important it is to acknowledge that Russian Federation hacked the aid Trump and hurt Clinton", Weaver said. The effort also included bogus Facebook ads and social media postings that prosecutors say were aimed at influencing public opinion and sowing discord on hot-button social issues.

Rosenstein told reporters the Russian military officers were accused of "conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", including by hacking Democratic Party emails ahead of the vote.

Rosenstein noted that the people named in the indictments hacked the DNC and the chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.

The Kremlin, meanwhile, denied anew that it tried to sway the election. GRU units 26165 and 74455, the indictment says, "conducted large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 presidential election".

Could be just a coincidence but Andrew Prokop's right to note that the indictment specifies the Russians started probing those particular accounts that day "for the first time" and that they did so "after hours", which reads like an attempt to emphasize that it happened later in the day than the Trump clip above.

"As I testified before the House Intelligence Committee under oath, my 24 word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0 is benign based on its content, context and timing", Stone said when reached by ABC News late Friday.

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The charges come as Mr Mueller continues to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election.

"Today's charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result". They also allegedly fed the information to an "organization" - unnamed in the indictment, but which appears to be Wikileaks - as well as a congressional candidate, a lobbyist and a journalist.

CBS News' Paula Reid has details of the charges - and the reaction.

"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", he said.

The White House echoed some of those sentiments.

Before Friday, 20 people and three companies had been charged in the investigation. The 20 are four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three who 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 United States public opinion in the election.

It was the most detailed U.S. accusation yet that Russian Federation meddled in the election with the eventual aim of trying to boost Republican Trump's campaign.