Twitter suspends two accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by Mueller

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 18, 2018

Despite calls from Democrats and Republican Rep. John McCain to can the summit, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says it will go ahead, and the President told reporters during a joint news conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday he would "absolutely" confront Putin about the allegations.

Russians certainly would have used that data to run their own online campaigns, using the fake social media accounts that special counsel Robert Mueller revealed in a previous indictment.

According to the ministry, the indictment was meant to damage the atmosphere before a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump in Finland's capital, Helsinki, on Monday. He said he briefed Trump earlier this week on the indictment. The Kremlin denies it interfered.

"I think it's a little unfair to name names if you don't know who that person is", said Brian Crowley, WPTV's political analyst. Mr. Trump also said he may ask Putin to extradite the Russians indicted last week for their roles in hacking DNC servers during the 2016 election, but shifted most of the blame for the hack onto the Democrats and President Obama.

Trump has long downplayed Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election and repeatedly referred to Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt".

Among the revelations in the indictment brought against the 12 Russian agents was that the hacking operation began July 26, 2016 - the same day Trump publicly encouraged the Kremlin to do so.

In the interview, President Trump also blamed the Democratic National Committee for "allowing themselves to be hacked" by Russians trying to help him win the 2016 election.

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.

Trump has previously shown little appetite for pressing the issue, telling reporters after meeting Putin in Vietnam last November that he had finished discussing it and believed the Russian leader's denials were honest. Before Friday, 20 people and three companies had been charged in the investigation.

President Donald Trump is dismissing suggestions that Russia has compromising intelligence about him after a news conference in which Trump declined to criticize President Vladimir Putin for Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. He made the untenable assertion that "I have confidence in both parties" - his intelligence officials, who say Moscow interfered, and Putin, who says it didn't. "Anything you do, it's always going to be, 'Oh, Russia, he loves Russia'". He says the threats are coming from Russia, Iran, China and North Korea as well as criminal networks and independent hackers.

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