Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to make ‘law enforcement announcement’

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to make ‘law enforcement announcement’

The 12 alleged Russian intelligence officials were indicted as part of the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in USA politics, Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, was due to announce at a press conference in Washington.

"It is a stunning set of indictments and clearly indicates that a lot of what the president and his administration have said about the hacks on Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC simply was not true", Tapper added.

"In an effort to pay for their efforts around the world. the defendants paid for it with cryptocurrency", deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said during a press briefing.

Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and agreed to cooperate with the Mueller probe, and deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates also agreed to cooperate as part of a plea agreement.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the dozen accused used spear phishing emails and malicious software in the cyber-attacks. There will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide, and conquer us.

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Hours before the Justice Department announcement, Trump complained anew that the special counsel's investigation is complicating his efforts to forge a better working relationship with Russian Federation.

But Rosenstein said that responsibility for this prosecution - which is unlikely to go forward to a trial in court as Russian Federation is unlikely to extradite the suspects who've been charged - would pass from Mueller's office to the National Security division of the Justice Department. Trump has said he believes Putin's denials that Russian Federation did not meddle in the election.

"We do have a - a political problem where - you know in the United States we have this stupidity going on".

"The stakes for the upcoming Trump-Putin meeting could not be higher", Pelosi said. "But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation".

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