Remember when Trump publically asked Russia to hack into Hillary’s e-mails? Some people might assume that because the request was made publically that …surely…Trump couldn’t be liable for that??? Surely Trump wasn’t so stupid as to publically say that he wanted and encouraged Russia to interfere with the election.
We find out today from the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers issued at the request of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, that cyber operatives attempted to hack into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign servers on the same day that then-candidate Donald Trump called for Russia to do so. Obviously, Trump’s suggestion to the Russians was taken seriously.
Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, announced new charges stemming from the ongoing Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.
The 11-count indictment against 12 Russian intelligence officers of the Main Intelligence Directorate, known as the GRU, were accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“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 a press statement. “So long as we are united in our commitment to the shared values enshrined in the Constitution, they will not succeed.”
The charges included conspiracy against the United States, identity theft, money laundering and attempts to break into state election boards and various government agencies.