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Jul 13, 2018

This Week: Mueller Indicts 12 Russian Intel Officers For 2016 Hacking

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for engaging in “large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” The charges include conspiracy against the United States, identity theft and money laundering. The indictment lays out in painstaking detail how Russia hacked servers and email accounts associated with the Clinton campaign, DNC and DCCC, and then disseminated the stolen information. It also reveals that several U.S. persons, including a congressional candidate, solicited or received documents from“Guccifer 2.0.” — a fake identity created by Russian intelligence. The White House did not condemn Russia in response, emphasizing instead that no Americans were charged. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said that the indictments prove Trump is “innocent.” Republicans finally got an opportunity to publicly grill former FBI official Peter Strzok about the anti-Trump text messages he sent during the 2016 election. In a 10-hour hearing marked by lots of finger-wagging and theatrics, lawmakers on the House Judiciary and…

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