Trump says Obama failed to stop Russian hacking in 2016 election

Alexei Nikolsky  Russian Presidential Press and Information Office  TASS

Alexei Nikolsky Russian Presidential Press and Information Office TASS

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating United States intelligence findings that Russians conspired to tilt the election in Mr Trump's favour, and whether any of his campaign aides colluded.

The US Department of Justice has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections.

The indictment, secured by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election, was issued three days before US President Donald Trump meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit in Helsinki.

The news comes as Trump prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday in Helsinki, Finland - a meeting Democratic congressional leaders are calling on him to cancel.

"The internet allows foreign adversaries to attack Americans in new and unexpected ways", Rosenstein said.

Before the indictment was announced, Trump vowed to raise the issue of Russian meddling in USA elections with Putin.

The indictment alleges that members of the Russian military agency GRU stole data from the computer networks of Democratic Party organizations and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Putin personally ordered a campaign to undermine "public faith in the USA democratic process" with the goal of hurting Clinton's candidacy and ultimately helping to elect Trump.

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Starting in at least March 2016, the Conspirators used a variety of means to hack the email accounts of volunteers and employees of the USA presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton ... including the email account of the Clinton Campaign's chairman...

"Why didn't the Federal Bureau of Investigation take possession of it?"

As of Friday, the inquiry has indicted 32 people - mostly Russian nationals in absentia - as well as three companies and four former Trump advisers. The unit helped release documents under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 and published anti-Clinton commentary on social media, per the indictment. "Deep State?" Trump asked on Twitter.

A few hours before the indictments were announced, Trump described the Mueller investigation as a "rigged witch hunt" that is hurting the USA relationship with Russian Federation.

Russian Federation has denied that its government played any role in the hacking. "There's no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result", Rosenstein said.

And, as Politico just reported, "House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has made clear that he doesn't consider Rosenstein out of the woods yet".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told reporters Friday that "I briefed President Trump about these allegations earlier this week". Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Friday tweeted that the indictments are good news - Russians have been nailed, no Americans are involved, and it's time for Mueller to wrap up his "pursuit of the President".

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.

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