Rudy Giuliani touts Russian hacking indictments as 'good news for all Americans'

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Twelve Russian spies have been charged with running a sweeping hacking campaign to damage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential election - with the indictment landing three days before Donald Trump is set to meet Vladimir Putin.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus moved a step closer to that on Friday, around the same time Rosenstein was announcing new indictments against a dozen Russian intelligence officers who interfered in the 2016 United States presidential election, Politico reported on Friday.

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.

In February, Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies in an elaborate conspiracy to interfere in the election. They released the indictment two days before Mr. Trump is to meet with Mr. Putin, raising the stakes for the meeting and implicitly pressuring Trump to speak directly to his Russian counterpart about the situation. They used the Malaysian server to log into the Twitter account of the online hacker persona Guccifer 2.0, and the same server was used to register websites used for hacking the Democratic committees, according to the indictment.

Rosenstein says President Trump has been briefed on the matter.

To help mask their Russian origins, the military officers used networks of computers located across the world, including in the USA, and paid for it using Bitcoin.

The laundry list of charges included conspiracy against the United States, identity theft, money laundering and attempts to break into state election boards and various government agencies.

In all, the Russian officials and their co-conspirators targeted more than 300 people associated with the Clinton campaign and other Democratic Party organizations starting in March 2016, the indictment says.

"Russia, if you're listening", Trump said, "I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing". There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime.

The Kremlin has denied that the Russian government interfered in the USA election.

Rosenstein said he had informed Trump about the charges.

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. Indeed, an indictment that directly points to Russian President Vladimir Putin makes it much more hard for critics to dismiss Russia's culpability in election hacking as unproven. "If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward".

Trump complained about "stupidity" when asked about Mueller's probe earlier Friday, at a news conference in Britain with Prime Minister Theresa May.

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