McCain: Trump's meeting with Putin 'should not move forward'

Glen Norman
July 15, 2018

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a day after the Department of Justice announced indictments against the Russian officers, Trump blamed former U.S. President Barack Obama for the DNC hacks.

The indictment - which comes days before U.S. president Donald Trump holds a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin - is the clearest allegation yet of Russian efforts to meddle in American politics.

"The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration", Trump tweeted.

"Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September, before the Election?" he tweeted.

Russian Federation has denied interfering in the US election.

USA citizens have called for Trump to either cancel his summit with Putin, which is slated for Monday in Helsinki, or pressure the Russian president for more information about the meddling in the 2016 election. This month, the Republicans and Democrats on the US Senate Intelligence Committee backed the findings of an assessment from US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation tried to interfere in the 2016 election and acted in favour of Trump and against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. "It's very important that they meet".

The indictment lays out a sweeping and coordinated effort to break into key Democratic email accounts, including those belonging to the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Stone denied passing any stolen emails to WikiLeaks.

The charges say the Russian defendants, using a persona known as Guccifer 2.0, in August 2016 contacted a person in touch with the Trump campaign to offer help.

But Nielsen said Friday's indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges of election-related hacking show the federal government won't tolerate incursions.

In a statement, the White House highlighted Rosenstein's remarks that no Americans had been charged.

Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about Russian involvement in the hacking while being accused by Democrats of cozying up to Putin.

Hours before the justice department announcement, Mr Trump complained anew that the special counsel's investigation is complicating his efforts to forge a better working relationship with Russian Federation.

Speaking to reporters in the United Kingdom on Friday before the indictments became public, Trump pledged to raise the 2016 election meddling issue during his sit-down with Putin.

Kirstjen Nielsen spoke at a convention of state secretaries of state, an event that is normally a low-key affair discussing voter registration, balloting devices and election security issues that do not usually get much attention.

Trump has never condemned Russian Federation over meddling in the 2016 election despite the findings of all top USA intelligence agencies, and the Kremlin has insisted it didn't meddle in the US election.

"The conspirators covertly monitored the computers of dozens of DCCC and DNC employees, implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code, and stole emails and other documents", it said.

One attempt at interference came hours after Trump, in a July 27, 2016, speech, suggested Russians look for emails that Clinton said she had deleted from her tenure as secretary of state.

Asked whether he will confront Putin about the allegations, Trump - who has regularly downplayed the allegations against Russian Federation - said, "All I can do is say, 'Did you? At or around the same time, they also targeted 76 email addresses at the domain of the Clinton Campaign". Private speeches she gave to financial industry firms were particularly damaging within the left wing of the Democratic party and among independents frustrated with the influence of Wall Street in politics.

The US justice department also alleged the officers released stolen information in the months before Americans headed to the polls.

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