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Russian intel officers indicted for hacking DNC

15 July 2018

The United States and Russia have confirmed that Monday's summit between their two leaders will go ahead as planned despite tension over allegations that Russian intelligence officers interfered with the 2016 USA presidential elections.

"President Trump should absolutely cancel this meeting with Putin on Monday", said DNC chairman Tom Perez.

"Yes, when we get these documents, we believe that it will do away with this whole fiasco of what they call the Russian Trump collusion because there wasn't any", he said on the House floor.

"It's on", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

A USA federal grand jury on Friday indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges of hacking the computer networks of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, the Justice Department said.

Mr. Trump says he will bring up election meddling with Putin, but according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, only Putin, Mr. Trump and interpreters will be in the room - and that, he claimed to the Russian outlet RT, is what the USA requested.

In a humorous tribute to the forthcoming Helsinki summit, which will be held on Monday, RPS Brewing issued a limited-edition beer featuring a cartoon of the American and Russian leaders.

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The Washington Post, Politico and the New York Times have coverage of the indictment and Rosenstein's press conference.

"Gladhanding with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. "I think I'd have a very good relationship with President Putin if we spend time together", he said Friday - one of many times he has spoken warmly of the Russian leader.

A chorus of Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Trump must call off the summit.

Bitcoin was the currency of choice among the Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking offenses related to the 2016 presidential campaign, the USA said Friday.

In the meantime, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that they should not expect a joint communique when both presidents meet.

"Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious, and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide and conquer us", Rosenstein said in the release.

During his joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at Buckinghamshire, Trump was repeatedly pressed to comment how he would meet with Putin while Russian Federation "continued to occupy Crimea". The US has passed a series of sanctions against Russian Federation since 2014 over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and alleged meddling in the US elections, which it denies. But afterward, the U.S. and Russian Federation had different accounts of what was said during the two leaders' more-than-two-hour discussion.

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Trump has said he plans to raise the issue.

The Kremlin denied anew that it tried to sway the election. "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".

The label featured a picture of the USA leader, a man holding a sign saying "free Melania" and used the tagline "President of Divided States of America".

The indictment doesn't identify the person, though longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone acknowledged on Friday, through his lawyer, a "24-word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0".

"The Russians are nailed". He also said there's no allegation in the indictment that any American was involved in the operation.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said Trump must do more than ask.

Rosenstein called for unity in the face of Russian meddling.

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Russian intel officers indicted for hacking DNC