Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump blames Russian Federation rift on U.S. probe, Moscow agrees

Trump blames Russian Federation rift on U.S. probe, Moscow agrees

The Justice Department says the 12 defendants are all members of the Russian intelligence arm GRU, and attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

USA intelligence agencies have said Moscow was aiming to help the Trump campaign and harm Clinton's bid.

In an interview broadcast on Face the Nation Sunday, Jeff Glor of CBS News asked Trump if he would ask Putin to send the Russian agents to the United States for prosecution.

"There s no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in announcing the charges at a press conference in Washington.

On Aug. 15, 2016, the indictment says, Guccifer 2.0 reached out to someone in contact with the Trump campaign and asked the person if they had seen anything "interesting in the docs I posted?"

The charges put an even greater spotlight on Trump's treatment of Putin, who has denied making efforts to intervene in the USA election that Trump, a Republican, unexpectedly won. The accused are said to have covertly monitored communications on the computers of dozens of Democratic officials and volunteers, implanting malware and other malicious computer code, and using "spearphishing" emails to gain control of certain accounts of those within the DNC and the Clinton campaign.

To make the information public, the indicted individuals then created fake accounts, two of which were specifically mentioned: DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0.

Referring to Mueller's probe, he said: "We do have a - a political problem where - you know in the United States we have this stupidity going on". Rosenstein said he briefed the president earlier in the week and he is aware of the indictments.

President Donald Trump says "nothing bad. maybe some good" will come out of his summit Monday with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Finland.

After interviewer Piers Morgan described North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "ruthless dictator", Trump agreed and said he deals with many leaders who are "pretty ruthless people".

A detailed indictment Friday against 12 Russian military intelligence officers suggests that Mueller felt he got the information needed to construct the case without the Federal Bureau of Investigation having direct access to DNC equipment.

The charges are part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

But the meeting, and the extent of Trump's emphasis on election meddling, could highlight a divide between him and his own advisers, not to mention other Republicans, about the seriousness of Russia's activities.

The indictment stands as special counsel Robert Mueller's first allegation implicating the Russian government directly in criminal behavior meant to sway the presidential election.

"But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation".

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