The Department of Justice says it has enough evidence to charge 12 members of the Russian military with hacking the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. It’s the latest development in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.
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President Trump is scheduled to sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. Their meeting has taken on more significance this week, and not just because of today’s indictments of 12 Russians. Trump disparaged fellow NATO countries at the alliance’s meeting this week, and mused on Twitter about what good it serves. Then while visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May, a tabloid quoted him slamming her Brexit strategy.
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Image of the U.S. Department of Justice headquarters building is seen after Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced grand jury indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation in Washington, U.S., July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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