Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces grand jury indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., July 13, 2018.
Rosenstein said at the time that the Russians had waged "information warfare" against the United States during the 2016 campaign, with the aim of "spreading distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general".
Rosenstein planned to detail the new charges at a mid-day press conference. "It's what happened exactly".
Mr Rosenstein said he had briefed Mr Trump ahead of time about the development in recent days.
"This is a major, major diplomatic breach", said Dana Bash.
The indictment says the named Russian intelligence officers began their cyber-attacks in March 2016 to hack the email accounts of volunteers and employees of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who announced the indictments, said the Russians involved belonged to the military intelligence service GRU.
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President Trump told reporters a few few hours before Rosenstein spoke that he plans to bring up Russia's election interference campaign Monday with President Vladimir Putin when they meet in Helsinki, Finland.
Mueller has secured indictments against several former Trump campaign aides, including campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Additionally, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the contacts they had during the campaign with Russians.
With the charges, Mueller's prosecutors have marked out another Internet pathway they say Russian Federation used to influence the US election.
As with Mueller's previous indictment against Russians, there is no evidence of "collusion" with any American in any of the defendants' alleged crimes, as Rosenstein emphasized in his announcement.
A few hours before the indictments were announced, Trump described the Mueller investigation as a "rigged witch hunt" that is hurting the US relationship with Russian Federation.