Twitter suspends two accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by Mueller

Twitter suspends two accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by Mueller

Twitter suspends two accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by Mueller

It's a meeting Trump said would be the "easiest" of his global trip even though he had already been informed (according to the Department of Justice) of the indictments, which charged 12 Russian intelligence officers for conspiring to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and hacking into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

The indictment represents special counsel Robert Mueller's first charges against Russian government officials for interfering in American politics, an effort US intelligence agencies say was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Rosenstein said he briefed Trump on the latest indictment earlier this week, as the president embarked on a European tour that included the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, a visit to the United Kingdom and an upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Trump said was not his enemy, but his "competitor".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday the meeting is still on. President Donald Trump, who uses Twitter virtually every day, has so far lost 300,000 followers.

The document, published by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, says the officers were members of the Russian government's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), which suggests their work was done with the full knowledge of President Putin.

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After the Central Intelligence Agency concluded later that year that Russia had interfered in the race to help elevate Trump to the presidency, Obama responded by imposing new sanctions on Russia and expelling 35 Russian diplomats in December 2016.

The documents obtained during the process were made public through online personas named DCLeaks (disguised as started by a group of American hackers) and Guccifer 2.0 - a solo Romanian hacker.

■ The intelligence officers hacked the website of a state election board and stole information on about 500,000 voters, including names, address, partial Social Security numbers, birth dates, and driver's license numbers.

Sen. Orrin Hatch is pleased to see that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is yielding "important results", his spokesman, Matt Whitlock said.

He encouraged Trump "to push back on President Putin for Russia's increased aggression" during Monday's meeting between the two world leaders being held in Helsinki.

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The charges come as Mueller continues to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the election. Trump has called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt".

Utah was not among the 21 states identified almost a year ago as scanned by Russian hackers prior to the 2016 election, but Lee said elections officials continue to take the threat seriously. The US Justice Department said Russian officials staged releases of emails from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. No Americans are involved.

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

A senior Trump campaign adviser later told CNBC that Trump "wasn't calling on anyone to intervene, but instead was pushing anyone who has them to hand them over to authorities". "The special counsel's investigation is ongoing", he said.

"Eleven of the defendants are charged with conspiring to hack into computers, steal documents and release those documents with the intent to interfere in the election", said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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