Bitcoin Was Russian Hackers' Currency of Choice, U.S. Says

Saul Bowman
July 15, 2018

Deputy General Rod Rosenstein called on Americans to be united in the wake of DOJ indicting 12 Russian intelligence officials for meddling in the 2016 presidential elections, but conservative lawmakers are preparing to impeach the Deputy Attorney General, according to Politico.

In a July 27, 2016, speech, then-candidate Donald Trump called on Russian hackers to find emails from Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the USA presidential campaign.

The Associated Press took to Twitter to share the news shortly after 5pm on Friday.

Top Democratic senators penned a letter to President Donald Trump Saturday urging him not to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin alone during their scheduled summit Monday.

Browder, a financier and vocal Putin critic, said the Russian president should not be given an opening to be on an equal stage to the leader of the free world after invading foreign countries and meddling in the US elections.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation, in an effort ordered by Putin, used propaganda and hacking to meddle in the election in an effort to harm Clinton and eventually help Trump.

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".

According to the indictment, the hackers also stole personal information of at least 500,000 voters and gained entry to a system involved with voter registration.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has now indicted or secured guilty pleas from 32 people, including four former Trump advisers, and three Russian companies.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday that he informed Trump of the indictments earlier in the week.

After touching upon North Korea's Kim Jong-un and "plenty" of other "ruthless people" Trump has to deal with in his capacity, Piers Morgan bluntly asked if the U.S. president considers the Russian leader to be "one of those". At a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday, the president said he will bring up the Russian cyber-attacks but dismissed the possibility Putin will accept responsibility.

The White House is rejecting calls from leading members of Congress to cancel a U.S.

The ministry's statement blames 'influential political forces of the United States, who oppose the normalization of relations between our countries and have been manufacturing blatant slander for two years'.

Rosenstein said there is no allegation that U.S. citizens were involved in the alleged crimes described in the indictment.

By June 2016, the defendants, relying on fictional personas such as DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, began planning the release of tens of thousands of stolen emails, the indictment alleges.

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

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

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