The United States has indicted 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking the DNC and interfering in the 2016 elections. It includes a Major, Senior Lieutenant, Lieutenant Colonel, Lieutenant Captain, Second Lieutenant, and a Colonel.
This investigation has brought to light how Russian officials were attempting to derail the Hillary Clinton campaign and attempt to hack the American voter systems.This 29-page indictment (available below) is a highly detailed account of what Russia did during the 2016 elections. Russia’s involvement was meant to create chaos and deceit within the election by tearing down the Clinton campaign as much as they could before the November 2016 vote. There is information indicating that the hackers were trying to gain access to security intelligence. Information also points to money laundering, and major attempts to break into the state election boards. An additional 13 Russian nationals have already been indicted by Mueller in February.
The indictments by Robert S. Mueller III were announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein only 3 days before President Trump was set to meet with Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki, Finland. There was already tension among those awaiting Trump’s visit with Putin, and this has added further concern for what might happen. U.S. officials find the Summit even more concerning due to the two world leaders meeting in private with only translators with them. Representative Nancy Pelosi of California tweeted the other day that Trump should cancel this meeting immediately.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 13, 2018
The major concern is with an election breach, there could be additional safety concerns in the security of our future elections. Outside powers controlling our free and fair elections is something that should concern all American citizens, and has definitely spurred concern in Congress.
Furthermore, the continuous investigations have caused former campaign leader and a former Trump administration official to resign and admit guilt in breach of the 2016 election. The Mueller investigation has a current total of 32 guilty pleas.
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