Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 USA election, according to an indictment announced days before President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The indictment stands as the clearest Justice Department allegation yet of Russian efforts to interfere, through illegal hacking, in the US presidential election before Americans went to the polls - and the first to implicate the Russian government directly.
"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections".
GRU is the Russian military intelligence agency.
A former Justice Department official who was previously involved in the Russian Federation probe said the charges should serve as a warning for the U.S.to buttress its election security as Americans prepare to vote in congressional elections this November.
"The open question is whether Americans were involved in this and will they be charged".
The United States charged 12 Russians on July 13 for a range of hacking activities meant to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
The president has also failed to confirm whether he agrees with the intelligence community about Russia's interference as directed by Putin himself.
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Trump then directed his anger not at Russian Federation but at the Democratic National Committee for being hacked. He also argued that Trump is entering the summit with a stronger hand because of the indictments .
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On Sept. 9, the Russians used the Guccifer 2.0 account to quiz Stone about a document stolen from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that had been posted online, according to the indictment.
In early 2016, Russian intelligence officers obtained a new pool of the virtual currency Bitcoin. "Trump did not call on, or invite, Russia or anyone else to hack Hillary Clinton's emails.' Instead, Jason Miller suggested, Trump was saying the Russians already had the data because Clinton's server wasn't secure".
Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director has always been against Trump and was vehemently against any Russian collusion during the elections. It referenced DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, so it's not as if their involvement has just become known.
"The Russians are nailed".
Mr Rosenstein said the defendants corresponded with several Americans during the alleged conspiracy, but added there is no allegation that any USA citizen committed a crime.
The legal action is part of the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Ever since it was revealed that Donald Trump would take on the role of President, which was a neck and neck race between him and Hilary Clinton, many were quick to point fingers at Russians.
Mueller has secured indictments against several former Trump campaign aides, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.