Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

United States indicts Russian intel officers ahead of Trump-Putin meet

United States indicts Russian intel officers ahead of Trump-Putin meet

But the couple of times that I've gotten to meet him, we got along very well.

The indictment was a monumental development in the ongoing Russia investigation because it marks the first time Mueller has directly pointed a finger at the Russian government for its efforts to meddle in the election.

United States intelligence agencies concluded in January 2017 that Russian Federation, in action ordered by Putin, used propaganda and hacking to meddle in the election to harm Clinton and eventually help Trump.

"It's on", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

"My primary form of exercise!" he tweeted Saturday.

There is a massive security operation in place at the complex on the Ayrshire coast but shortly after he arrived a paraglider flew over the area with a sign claiming Mr Trump was "well below par".

Wearing a white baseball cap reading "USA", he appeared to wave towards protesters chanting "No Trump, no KKK, no racist United States of America", referring to the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group. In fact, he's raised doubts about USA demands for Russian Federation to return to Ukraine the territory of Crimea it annexed in 2014, and has suggested a bargain could be in the works for Russia's ally Bashar Assad to remain in power indefinitely in Syria. POLITICO's Eric Geller joins Hari Sreenivasan for more. Moscow said it sees the U.S. as "partners" and hopes to use the summit to improve bilateral relations with Washington.

The glider carried a banner that said "Trump: Well Below Par" over Mr. Trump's resort Friday night to protest his environmental and immigration policies.

Trump is now on a visit to Britain.

Twelve Russian intelligence agents are accused of hacking and meddling in a case that focuses on stealing and releasing private information ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The conference of top state election officials she addressed was sandwiched between Friday's indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers alleged to have hacked into Democratic party and campaign accounts and Monday's long-awaited meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has denied any collusion with Russia and has repeatedly cited Putin's denials of any Russian interference in the campaign, suggesting there is little or nothing he can do to demand accountability. Why didn't Obama do something about it? "Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent". But the meeting will go on, the White House said, and Trump will spend the next two days taking "meetings" and playing golf. "There's no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result", Rosenstein said.

First, that it appears to have been unimpeded by continual charges from President Trump and others that it is an illegitimate, partisan "witch hunt". On July 6, department spokeswoman Heather Nauert condemned the "selective targeting" by Russian Federation of USA -funded news organizations.

On July 27, 2016, Trump famously said, "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question".

"They are indicted. Do you think the Russians are going extradite them?"

The spies started by sending spearphishing e-mails to members of Ms. Clinton's campaign and other Democratic officials, the indictment says.

The Kremlin, for its part, has dismissed the indictment as incredible, and says it was meant to "spoil" the atmosphere ahead of the Trump-Putin meeting.

The indictment connects the officers directly to the Russian government, saying they acted in their "official capacity".

Left out from the indictment is how the federal investigators obtained any evidence of this, given that the FBI never got access to the DNC servers.

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