One day after 12 Russian intelligence officers were charged with allegedly hacking emails during the 2016 election, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said there was no indication that the coming midterms were being attacked by Russia in the same way.
BREAKING -The US Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted today 12 Russian intelligence agents on hacking charges related to the 2016 US Presidential Election.
U.S. President Donald Trump played golf on Saturday at his course on the western coast of Scotland ahead of a summit with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin that could be overshadowed by accusations that Russians meddled in the U.S. 2016 election.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier the indictments are "further proof of what everyone but the President seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win".
Intelligence agencies in the U.S. have since confirmed the belief that the hacking, which included the technique "spearphishing", was part of an extensive operation ordered by Putin to boost Trump's bid to become president of the United States.
"Why didn't the Federal Bureau of Investigation take possession of it?"
The inquiry is looking into U.S. intelligence findings if the Russians conspired to favour the election in Trump's victory, and whether any of his campaign associated were involved in the conspiracy. On Feb. 16, his prosecutors charged 13 Russians and three Russian entities they said were part of a broader effort to sow discord among USA voters through social media - which they used to impersonate Americans, coordinate with unwitting US activists and even plan rallies. He said there's no allegation in the indictment as to whether they actually did affect it, labeling that speculative. He was asked to respond to a tweet from Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lawyer, opining that the special counsel investigation needs to be shut down.
The resolution that passed along party lines Thursday demanded that the department turn over by July 6 documents on FBI investigations into Clinton's private email use and Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.
"Going forward, there should be no one-on-one meeting between this president and Mr. Putin", Warner told reporters on Capitol Hill.
Mr Rosenstein said the defendants corresponded with several Americans during the alleged conspiracy, but added there is no allegation that any U.S. citizen committed a crime. Poltico reports on the press conference and indictment here.
By June 2016, the defendants began planning the release of tens of thousands of stolen emails and documents, the indictment alleges.
While the indictment does not name the state board, IL election officials acknowledged in August of that year that their database was hacked, but downplayed the impact and did not identify the alleged hackers.
What do these charges say about the larger Mueller operation?