Mueller team indicts 12 Russian agents for hacking in 2016 election season

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Clinton and her campaign argue that the emails were personal in nature and not work-related, lamenting that they did not delete the emails after receiving a congressional subpoena from the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

In addition to targeting the DNC, the Department of Justice alleges the Russian intelligence operatives also targeted: "state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and USA companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of elections to steal voter data stored on those computers".

Rosenstein, who laid out the allegations at a news conference that began while Trump was meeting with Queen Elizabeth in London, said he had briefed Trump earlier in the week and that the president was "fully aware" of the charges in the indictment.

Furthermore, the group also stands accused of creating the Guccifer 2.0 lone-hacker persona through which they tried to claim responsibility for the DNC hack, and through which they released files stolen from the organization.

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However, "there's no allegation in this indictment that the Americans knew they were corresponding with Russian intelligence officers", he said.

Rosenstein said the internet "allows foreign adversaries to attack Americans in new and unexpected ways". The court document explicitly states that there is no allegation any vote count was changed or election affected in any direct way. USA intelligence agencies have said the interference was aimed at helping the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

One of the Russians probed election websites in Iowa, Florida and Georgia, looking for vulnerabilities just days before the November election, the indictment charged.

Intelligence agencies have said the interference was aimed at helping Trump's presidential campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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"Russia, if you're listening", Trump said, "I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing".

Twelve Russian intelligence officers have been charged with hacking into the Democratic National Committee in a bid to sabotage the 2016 U.S. presidential election. That brings the overall number to 32 people or entities indicted in connection with the Mueller investigation.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry is looking into alleged Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election.

Rosenstein has been the focal point of controversy and tension after he took over the helm of the Russian Federation investigation, naming Robert Mueller to lead it, in the wake of the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Friday tweeted that the indictments are good news - Russians have been nailed, no Americans are involved, and it's time for Mueller to wrap up his "pursuit of the President".

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"We have this stupidity going on, pure stupidity, but it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation because, anything you do, it's like: "Russia, oh he loves Russia", he said. "But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation".

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