12 Russians indicted in Mueller investigation July 13 2018

The Justice Department announced indictments against 12 Russian nationals as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, accusing them of engaging in a “sustained effort” to hack Democrats’ emails and computer networks.

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.”

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told reporters that defendants:

“corresponded with several Americans during the course of the conspiracy through the internet.”

“There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy altered the vote count or changed any election result.”

“Russian GRU officers hacked the website of a state election board and stole information about 500,000 voters. They also hacked into computers of a company that supplied software used to verify voter registration information.”

Deputy White House press secretary Lindsay Walters 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. This is consistent with what we have been saying all along.”

Rudi Giuliani tweeted:

“The indictments Rod Rosenstein announced are good news for all Americans. The Russians are nailed. No Americans are involved. Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent.”

Rudi Giuliani tweet in response to 12 Russians being indicted. Rudi Giuliani cartoon caricature APT

In response to the indictment, Trump tweeted the following on July 14 2018:

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