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.
The Justice Department announced charges Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election.
U.S. President Donald Trump played golf on Saturday at his course on Scotland's west coast ahead of a summit with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin that could be overshadowed by accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
Rosenstein said during the announcement: "The internet allows foreign adversaries to attack America in new and unexpected ways".
"The goal of the conspiracy was to have an impact on the election", Rosenstein said, adding that the indictment does not allege the Russian conduct changed the vote count or outcome of the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House.
Two are charged with a conspiracy to commit computer crimes and stand accused of hacking the DNC, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
US intelligence agencies have concluded that Putin personally ordered a campaign to undermine "public faith in the USA democratic process" with the goal of hurting Clinton's candidacy and ultimately helping to elect Trump.
The group are also accused of stealing information on 500,000 U.S. voters after hacking a state USA election board.
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He said the hackers also stole data on half a million voters from a state election board website.
The inquiry is looking into USA intelligence findings if the Russians conspired to favour the election in Trump's victory, and whether any of his campaign associated were involved in the conspiracy. In the past, Trump has reiterated Putin's denials, but this week he said he would bring up the issue when they meet on Monday in Finland.
Mr Rosenstein said the defendants corresponded with several Americans during the alleged conspiracy, but added there is no allegation that any U.S. citizen committed a crime.
"One unit engaged by stealing information, a different unit by disseminating the information", Rosenstein said.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen addresses a convention of state secretaries of state on Saturday in Philadelphia. Beginning sometime around 2010, Yermakov used online personas like "Kate S. Milton", "James McMorgans" and "Karen W. Millen" to carry out hacking attempts and helped hack at least two emails accounts that led to the released of campaign documents through DCLeaks in 2016, according to the indictment. He also posted a series of tweets calling the section of the indictment proof of "collusion" between Trump and the Russians.
Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that it was time to end the investigation since "no Americans are involved" in Friday's indictment.
Rosenstein, who laid out the allegations at a news conference that began while Trump was meeting with Queen Elizabeth in London, said he had briefed Trump earlier in the week and that the president was "fully aware" of the charges in the indictment.