BREAKING: Mueller Indicts 12 Russians For Hacking DNC

"The goal of the conspiracy was to have an impact on the election"

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee June 13, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has led to the indictments of 12 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 elections, accusing them of engaging in a "sustained effort to hack into the computer networks" of the DCCC, the DNC and "the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and release that information on the internet under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 and through another entity."

According to CNN, the 12 defendants are members of the GRU, a "Russian federation intelligence agency within the main intelligence directorate of the Russian military," all of whom were acting in "their official capacities."

The indictments come down as President Trump is scheduled to meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin in just two days for a summit in Helsinki.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he had briefed Trump on the allegations.

"The goal of the conspiracy was to have an impact on the election," Rosenstein said.

Rosenstein did note that the indictment does not suggest that Russian meddling impacted the election in any significant way.

Mueller's recent indictments come just five months after indicting 13 Russian nationals for meddling with the 2016 election.

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