The accused were part of "active cyber operations to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a press conference on Friday.
"He's been very nice to me the times I've met him", Trump said of Putin at an impromptu news conference Thursday after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.
On that scale, these indictments include no additional Americans, and Rosenstein was careful to say that it was the DOJ's position that any American who communicated with these indicted Russians did so unwittingly.
Netanyahu was in Moscow on Wednesday, where the situation in Syria was the main focus of his meeting with Putin.
According to the indictment, the hackers also stole personal information of at least 500,000 voters and gained entry to a system involved with voter registration.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appears before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2018, on Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation actions around the 2016 presidential election. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he is concerned that the President's "ad-hoc" style of going into meetings and "winging it" is not appropriate and that the meeting should be called off with Putin. "If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward".
Melissa Francis brought up a Fox News poll that found 53 percent of Americans believe Trump is not being tough enough on Russian Federation, before saying it's "insulting" for politicians who "should know better" to try and criticize Trump over this summit.
■ They used a network of computers in the United States and other countries and paid for the infrastructure using the cryptocurrency bitcoin.
The wreckage of what Robert Mueller's team says were Russian strikes on the USA can be measured in damaged reputations and disrupted politics.
There is no allegation in the indictment that any Americans were knowing participants in the alleged conspiracy or knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers, the release points out.
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During the campaign, Mr. Trump publicly encouraged Russian Federation to hack Ms. Clinton's e-mails and frequently referenced the hacked documents to assail his opponent. Nothing happened today that changes the central Trump narrative, that he was too stupid to know that a foreign power was helping him the White House.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters released a statement saying the new information "is consistent with what we have been saying all along".
You can check out the rest of Rosenstein's statement, during which he called on Americans to be cautious against partisan dithering and future election interference, here.
"The Russians are nailed".
"The open question is whether Americans were involved in this and will they be charged". Rosenstein said he briefed Trump earlier this week on the charges.
"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".
One unnamed group allegedly approached "Guccifer" requesting documents that would drive a wedge between Ms. Clinton and Bernie Sanders, her rival for the Democratic presidential nod, ahead of the party's nominating convention.
The indictment accuses the Russian hackers, starting in March 2016, of covertly monitoring the computers of dozens of Democratic officials and volunteers, implanting malicious computer code known as malware to explore the networks and steal data, and sending phishing emails to gain access to accounts.
In August 2016, the indictment says, "the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, sent a reporter stolen documents pertaining to the Black Lives Matter movement, The reporter responded by discussing when to release the documents and offering to write an article about their release".
That's a small number of victims compared to the time that Target was hacked, for example, but it confirms the scope of the Russian attack in 2016 was many orders of magnitude larger than just a handful of political targets.