WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump tried on Saturday to blame the Obama administration for not responding aggressively enough to the Russian piracy of Democratic targets in the 2016 US elections, cyber attacks that underpin the indictment of 12 military intelligence officers Russians
Trump's first response The initial badbadinations of Robert Mueller against Russian government officials for interfering with US policy came in tweets published by the president at his golf resort in Scotland, two days before a high-risk summit in Finland with the Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama administration, not the Trump Administration, "Trump tweeted." Why did not they do something about it, especially when it was reported that the FBI informed President Obama in September, before the elections?
The formal accusation announced on Friday said that the Russians had pirated the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Party and released tens of thousands of private communications as part of a broad conspiracy by the Kremlin to interfere in a US election that ended up putting Trump in the White House.
Intelligence agencies have said that Moscow aimed to help Trump's campaign and damage Clinton's offer.
The 29-page indictment states how, months before Americans voted in November 2016, the Russians planned to enter key Democratic email accounts, including those belonging to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Democratic National Committee and Congress Democratic Campaign Committee.
The stolen emails, many politically harmful to Clinton, appeared on WikiLeaks in the final stretch of the campaign.
The charges say that the Russian defendants using a person known as Guccifer 2.0, in August 2016 contacted a person in contact with the Trump campaign to offer help. And they say that the same day that Trump, in a speech, urged Russia to find Clinton's lost emails, Russian hackers tried for the first time to enter email accounts used in his personal office.
Mueller did not claim that the Trump campaign badociates were involved in the attack, that the Americans were in contact with the Russian intelligence officers or that any vote count was altered by hacking.
The White House took advantage of those points in a statement that offered no condemnation of Russian electoral interference.
Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about Russia's involvement in piracy while Democrats accuse him of hobnobbing with Putin. Trump, hours before the accusation was made public, complained about Russia's investigation hours, saying that "stupidity" was making "very difficult to do something with Russia".
The Kremlin again denied that it tried to influence the elections. "The Russian state has never interfered with or intends to interfere in the US elections," said Putin's Foreign Minister Yuri Ushakov.
The indictment identifies the defendants as officers of the General Directorate of Intelligence of the Russian General Staff, also known as the GRU. If that link is established, the Kremlin's denials of the Russian state's participation in the US elections would be shattered, given that the GRU is part of the state machine.
The Russian defendants are not in custody, and it is not clear that they will appear in a US court.
The indictment accuses Russian hackers, as of March 2016, of covertly monitoring the computers of dozens of Democratic officials and volunteers, implanting a malicious code known as malware to scan networks and steal data, and send emails Electronic phishing to get access to accounts.
An interference attempt came hours after Trump, in a speech on July 27, 2016, suggested that the Russians look for emails that Clinton said she had removed from her position as secretary of state.
"Russia, if you're listening," Trump said, "I hope you can find the 30,000 emails that are missing."
That night, the indictment says, the Russians tried to turn to email accounts used by Clinton's personal office, along with 76 Clinton campaign email addresses.
By June 2016, the defendants, relying on fictitious personalities such as DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, began planning the release of tens of thousands of stolen emails, the indictment alleges.
Podesta's emails published by WikiLeaks showed the campaign's private communications, including deliberations on the messages they played in the attacks that Clinton was calculating and a change in political tendency. The private speeches he gave to the financial industry firms were particularly damaging within the left wing of the Democratic party and among the frustrated independents with Wall Street's influence on politics.
The indictment alleges that Guccifer 2.0 was in contact with several Americans in the summer of 2016 about the stolen material, including an unidentified congressional candidate who requested and then received stolen information.
On August 15, 2016, according to the indictment, Guccifer 2.0 contacted someone in contact with the Trump campaign and asked the person if they had seen something "interesting in the documents that I published", Guccifer 2.0 said it would be a "Great pleasure" help.
Prosecutors say that weeks later, Guccifer 2.0 referred to a stolen DCCC document posted online and asked the person, "What do you think of the information on the participation model for the full Democratic presidential campaign? ? " The person answered: "(p) standard retty."
the indictment does not identify the person, although Roger Stone, confidant of Trump, acknowledged on Friday, through his lawyer, a "24-word exchange with someone on Twitter who claims to be Guccifer 2.0"
" This exchange is now completely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of DNC emails, "said attorney Grant Smith.
The charges are made when Mueller continues to investigate the possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Before Friday, 20 people and three companies had been charged in the investigation.
The defendants include four former agents of the Trump House and the White House, three of whom pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate, and 13 Russians accused in a powerful social media campaign influencing public opinion from the USA UU in 2016.
Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that it was time to end the investigation since "no American is involved" in Friday's indictment. But with Mueller still investigating, it is not known if decisions are being made or new accusations will be made.
Colvin reported from Glasgow, Scotland. Associated Press writers Darlene Superville, Richard Lardner, Desmond Butler and Mary Clare Jalonick in Washington and Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report.
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