Twitter suspends two accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by Mueller

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"It's on", White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said.

"The indictment charges 12 Russian military officers by name with conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a news conference.

"I don't think it is me because I wasn't in regular contact with members of the Trump campaign", he said.

"The units engaged in active cyber operations to interfere in the 2016 presidential election", Rosenstein said. But to do it the Friday before the Monday meeting?

■ They also hacked into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee, monitoring the computers of dozens of committee employees, implanting hundreds of files containing malware, and stealing e-mails and other documents.

Stone said he's still not convinced Guccifer 2.0 is a legitimate Russian agent.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has urged the president to cancel that meeting, in light of the indictment.

Thirty-two people have so far been indicted as part of the probe into election interference, which started months after Trump's inauguration in January 2017 and repeatedly described by the president as a "witch-hunt". (Never mind that Obama did attempt to issue a bipartisan warning about Russian election interference in the fall of 2016, and was rebuffed by Mitch McConnell.) But this time, it came with a twist.

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that the indictments "are good news for all Americans".

He is now in the United Kingdom, from where he once again dismissed the investigation as a "rigged witch hunt".

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USA intelligence agencies have said Moscow was aiming to help the Trump campaign and harm Clinton's bid.

In fact, there is no evidence in the indictment that proves that activities of the Russian agents had any influence either on the votes cast by Americans in the US election or its results. "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along".

Some researchers said the indictment might have depended on USA signals intelligence, the fruits of which are rarely revealed because it quotes electronic messages sent to an unidentified organization presumed to be London-based WikiLeaks.

"The Russians are nailed".

Apparently, there are no allegations in the indictment that could point towards the active involvement of Americans in such acts.

Stone, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump and political figure, agreed with the sentiment in a Friday night interview on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time".

Rosenstein called for unity in the face of Russian meddling.

Some of the documents and emails were released through a website identified in the indictment only as "Organization 1" - believed to be Julian Assange's WikiLeaks.

The purge comes as Twitter mounts a massive campaign to eliminate bad accounts and what it calls "disinformation" from the service.

Like the criminal case against 13 Russians and three Russian companies that Robert Mueller's Office opened in February, don't expect these Russian spies-turned-hackers to show their faces before a judge.

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