Rod Rosenstein expected to announce new indictment in Mueller probe

Saturday, 14 Jul, 2018

The indictments were announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. People are already anxious about what could happen there.

"These 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", Schumer said in a statement.

"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".

The indictment charges that the conspirators "received a request for stolen materials from a candidate for the U.S. Congress", and "sent the candidate stolen documents". And these indictments suggest that after Trump's order/plea/joke, Russians did step up their efforts to hack or deliver what turned out to be John Podesta's emails. It claims that they created fictitious online personas, including "DCLeaks" and "Guccifer 2.0", and used them to release the documents starting un June 2016. "What impact they may have had... is a matter of speculation, that's not our responsibility".

The leaks threw the Democratic party into turmoil and prompted the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chairwoman, on the eve of the convention to nominate Clinton as its presidential nominee last July. The charge that Russians carried out the email theft is not a terribly surprising one, nor does it by itself suggest serious legal jeopardy for President Trump or his associates.

"Mr. Nevins is not a target or subject in Special Counsel Mueller's investigation". However, there is no allegation against any United States citizen.

Media captionMr Trump was once popular in Russian Federation, but opinion there has turned against him since he came into office What has Trump said? Rosenstein said he briefed the president earlier in the week and he is aware of the indictments. He has commented in the past that "a 14-year-old" could have been behind the hacks.

Trump said at a news conference Friday near London with British Prime Minister Theresa May that he wasn't going into the meeting with Putin with "high expectations".

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Media captionPutin laughs at political chaos in US Who are the defendants?

No Americans are named as defendants in the indictment, just Russians allegedly working for the military intelligence agency known as the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU).

The hackers were identified as Viktor Borisovich Netyksho, Boris Alekseyevich Antonov, Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin, Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov, Aleksey Viktorovich Lukashev, Sergey Aleksandrovich Morgachev, Nikolay Yuryevich Kozachek, Pavel Vyacheslavovich Yershov, Artem Andreyevich Malyshev, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Osadchuk, Aleksey Aleksandrovich Potemkin, and Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev - all officials in Unit 26165 and Unit 74455 of GRU. Picture: APFormer FBI Director and special counsel Robert Mueller.

None of the charges allege Trump advisers colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the presidential campaign.

Among those who have been indicted in connection to the special counsel probe are former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, campaign adviser Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser on the campaign, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.