Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the attack and rejected accusations that it interfered in the United States presidential election in a bid to bring about the defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The Kremlin denied anew that it tried to sway the election.
Mr Rosenstein said: "We know that the goal of the conspirators was to have an impact on the election". Throughout at least March and April there were repeated efforts to break into about 120 Democratic National Committee, Clinton and left-leaning activists' accounts across the country.
"As I testified before the House Intelligence Committee under oath, my 24 word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0 is benign based on its content, context and timing", Stone said when reached by ABC News late Friday.
The charges come as Mueller continues to investigate potential co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election.
Mueller did not allege that Trump campaign associates were involved in the hacking effort, that Americans were knowingly in touch with Russian intelligence officers or that any vote tallies were altered by hacking. They also allegedly fed the information to an "organization" - unnamed in the indictment, but which appears to be Wikileaks - as well as a congressional candidate, a lobbyist and a journalist.
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The Department of Justice said the defendants used the cryptocurrency Bitcoin as part of a "conspiracy to launder money in which the defendants laundered the equivalent of more than $95,000 by transferring the money that they used to purchase servers and to fund other costs related to their hacking activities". But with Mueller still investigating, it's not known whether further indictments are taking shape or will.
Defendants include four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate, and 13 Russians accused in a powerful social media campaign to sway US public opinion in 2016.
To help mask their Russian origins, the military officers used networks of computers located across the world, including in the United States, and paid for it using Bitcoin.
All 12 defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian Federation intelligence agency within the main intelligence directorate of the Russian military, who were acting in "their official capacities". Anything you do, it's always going to be, "Oh, Russia, he loves Russia".
A few hours before the indictments were announced, Trump described the Mueller investigation as a "rigged witch hunt" that is hurting the U.S. relationship with Russian Federation.
Mr Trump and Mr Putin are scheduled to hold talks on Monday in Finland, a meeting largely sought by Mr Trump.
After the indictments were announced, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin until Russian Federation takes steps to prove it won't interfere in future elections.
Then they brought Clinton's personal office into their scope, the indictment says - the very evening Trump appeared to beckon Russians to do just that.