So far the Special Counsel's investigation into the Trump/Russia collusion scandal has yielded 191 criminal charges against 32 individuals and 3 companies.
Today Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced indictments which include 112 new charges against 12 Russian officers with the bitcoin-funded hacking of Democratic organizations and the Hillary Clinton campaign with the intent to interfere in the 2016 election.
11 of the Russians were also charged with identity theft, conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to commit computer crimes.
In his announcement Rosenstein stated unequivocally that...
"The goal of the conspiracy was to have an impact on the election,"
You can read the full indictments HERE.
All 12 of the defendants were connected to GRU, a Russian Federation intelligence agency within the Russian military the equivalent of their infamous KBG.
The hacking allegations alleges that the group compromised email accounts used by Clinton's personal office on July 27, 2016.
If this date sounds familiar it is because it happens to correspond with Donald Trump request to Russia to go after Clinton's emails at a campaign press conference in Florida where he said...
“Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded,"
Remember, the FBI's motto is "there is no such thing as a coincidence,".
The indictment goes on to outline how the defendants not only posed as Guccifer 2.0 but also registered the domain “DCLeaks.com” and falsely claimed to be “American hacktivists” ultimately utilizing Facebook and Twitter to promote the website and disseminate their hacked information.
The indictments stem from a grand jury convened by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe, said he briefed Donald Trump about the indictment earlier this week.
Yet despite having prior knowledge of the U.S. Justice Department’s intent Trump called the Mueller investigation a...
“Rigged witch hunt”
The charges come at an especially awkward time as Donald Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin formally for the first time in Helsinki in mere days.
The indictments have led the top House and Senate Democrats to call for Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin.
The White House has already issued a statement that the meeting between Donald Trump and President Putin will go on as scheduled.