The suspects, named as members of the GRU (Russian military intelligence), are alleged to have hacked into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and the Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
Civil liberty icon Alan Dershowitz said Friday that the indictments against Russians officials in the special counsel's investigation into election interference are proof that the special counsel was unnecessary.
British Prime Minister Theresa May walks with President Donald Trump prior to a joint press conference at Chequers, in Buckinghamshire, England, July 13, 2018. Trump complained about the Russian Federation investigation hours before the indictment, saying the "stupidity" was making it "very hard to do something with Russian Federation".
In addition to targeting the DNC, the Department of Justice alleges the Russian intelligence operatives also targeted: "state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and USA companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of elections to steal voter data stored on those computers".
"These revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Vladimir Putin's government to attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissension among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy", Sen.
The letter was authored by eight prominent Democratic senators, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Patrick Leahy.
Trump has long insisted that Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election is a "witch hunt", despite US intelligence findings in 2017 that some level of interference occurred.
He said he briefed Trump earlier this week on the indictment.
Trump said he would "absolutely, firmly ask" Putin about the meddling at their planned meeting in Helsinki on Monday.
The indictment was the first by U.S. officials to directly charge Russia's government with meddling in the United States vote two years ago. "We would have a chance to have ... a very good relationship with President Putin". "This is no witch hunt". Richard Pinedo pleaded guilty to identify fraud in connection with the Russian indictments, and London attorney Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI involving Gates. van der Zwaan served 30 days in a low-security Federal Bureau of Prisons facility near Allenwood, Pa. The president has said he will raise the issue of election meddling with the Russian leader but doesn't expect him to admit to it.
As part of that effort, Russian hackers targeted at least 21 states ahead of the election and are believed to have breached the voter registration system in at least one, Illinois, investigators say.
Rosenstein said during the announcement: "The internet allows foreign adversaries to attack America in new and unexpected ways".
"The Russians are nailed. Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent", Giuliani said in his tweet.
"When we confront foreign interference in American elections, it is important for us to avoid thinking politically as Republicans or Democrats and instead to think patriotically as Americans", he said.
During the hacking attempt, the agents looked for various files, emails, passwords and fund-raising documents.
By June 2016, the defendants, relying on fictional personas like DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, began planning the release of tens of thousands of stolen emails, the indictment alleges.
As of Friday, the inquiry has indicted 32 people - mostly Russian nationals in absentia - as well as three companies and four former Trump advisers.