Mueller probe indicts 12 Russians for hacking Democrats in 2016

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday that 12 Russians have been indicted by a grand jury in the special counsel investigation for alleged hacking during the 2016 election.

The Justice Department's indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence agents on Friday was jaw-dropping in its scope and level of details into attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Striking in the indictment is the stated finding that key sources of leaked information from the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of candidate Hillary Clinton-both DC Leaks and the hacker persona known as Guccifer 2.0-were both the creation and under the control of the GRU, the Russian government's cladenstine intelligence service.

The Russians also sent more than 100 spearphishing emails to "organizations and personnel involved in administering elections in numerous Florida counties" in and around election day in November 2016.

The announcement comes just days before President Trump's planned meeting with his Russian counterpart, President Putin, scheduled for Monday, July 16.

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

A group of House Republicans are reportedly ramping up their effort to impeach the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

The Russian hackers in the indictment are identified as: Viktor Borisovich Netyksho, Boris Alekseyevich Antonov, Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin, Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov, Aleksey Viktorovich Lukashev, Sergey Aleksandrovich Morgachev, Nikolay Yuryevich Kozachek, Pavel Vyacheslavovich Yershov, Artem Andreyevich Malyshev, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Osadchuk, Aleksey Aleksandrovich Potemkin, and Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev. Rosenstein said he briefed the president earlier in the week and he is aware of the indictments.

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The indictments accuse officials from the GRU's so-called Unit 26165, which is dedicated to hacking and cryptoanalysis, of targeting DNC staff, stealing usernames and passwords, and using those credentials to gain a great foothold into the committee's email accounts and other systems.

He also said that Russian military officers hacked a state election board and stole information of about 500,000 voters.

Rosenstein said the latest indictment did not include any allegation that Russian Federation was successful in their efforts to influence election outcomes.

"The president is fully aware" of the indictments, Rosenstein said.

In the most high-profile case related to Mueller's investigation, Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, was indicted in October on a host of charges, including conspiracy, money laundering and making false statements to the FBI. "We know that the goal of the conspirators was to have an impact on the election", he told BBC. Over the course of a ten-hour hearing, Strzok fought back defending the Federal Bureau of Investigation while also expressing regret for his personal statements expressing disdain for then-candidate Donald Trump.

Mueller has been investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, as well as possible obstruction of justice on the part of the president, for more than a year.

If the Russian Federation probe is a "witch hunt", then Robert Mueller is a goddamn Ghostbuster.