Russia Indictments Undercut Trump’s Denials

July 13, 2018

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on Friday. 

President Trump has often scoffed at the notion that Russia was behind the hacking of a Democratic National Committee server. On Friday afternoon, his ridicule was again called into question.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials in connection with the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s computer server and subsequent leaking of emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, the latest charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election.

All 12 of the defendants worked for the GRU, the main military foreign-intelligence service of the Russian Federation.

According to the charges released Friday, the defendants accessed the email accounts of volunteers and employees of the Clinton campaign, including Chairman John Podesta, beginning in March 2016. “They also hacked into the computer networks of a congressional campaign committee and a national political committee,” Rosenstein said. “The defendants covertly monitored the computers, implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code, and stole emails and other documents.”
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