John McCain (R-Ariz.), have praised Mueller's team for its work and called for Trump to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's interference in the 2016 election, Trump and his allies have continued to go after the investigators.

The White House said the release of the charges would not affect the summit.

Nielsen told the state officials, who are responsible for administering elections, there is no indications that Russian Federation is targeting upcoming midterms on the same scale as the 2016 presidential elections, but warned the malicious activity is continuing.

Asked if he considered Putin to be ruthless, Trump said: "I can't tell you that..."

"I think we could probably get along very well", Trump added, referring to his scheduled summit with Putin.

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


All 12 defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian Federation intelligence agency within the main intelligence directorate of the Russian military, who were acting in "their official capacities". This month, the Republicans and Democrats on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee backed the findings of an assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation tried to interfere in the 2016 election and acted in favor of Trump and against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Some critics said they were sceptical Mr Trump would press the issue, despite the indictments.

The charges come as Mueller continues to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election.

Although Mr. Trump said he plans to raise election meddling with Putin when they meet Monday at the Finnish presidential palace in Helsinki, he has also said he doesn't expect Putin to ever accept blame. She also emphasized that the indictment did not allege that any American citizen committed a crime, that Americans knew that they were corresponding with Russians, or that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result.

Twelve Russian intelligence officers have been indicted on charges they hacked into Democratic email accounts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump claimed that he is not responsible for taking action against Russian Federation since the hacks did not occur during his term as president.


After the indictments were announced, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin until Russian Federation takes steps to prove it won't interfere in future elections.

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.

Stone has previously acknowledged exchanging direct messages on Twitter in August and September 2016 with Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to be a Romanian hacker.

Before Friday, 20 people and three companies had been charged in the Mueller investigation. "You got me!'" Leading Democratic senators asked Trump in a letter Saturday to scrap the summit "if you are not prepared to make Russia's attack on our election the top issue you will discuss".

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been charged with money laundering and other crimes, while former national security adviser Michael Flynn has admitted lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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