Rosenstein said the announcement of the charges on Friday took place because that was when the special counsel's office had completed its work investigating them and had the ability to present the evidence to a grand jury.
The 12 Russians - each of whom were associated with the GRU, a Russian intelligence agency, according to the indictment - allegedly conspired with each other to "gain unauthorized access into the computers of US persons and entities involved in the 2016 USA presidential election, steal documents from those computers and stage releases of the stolen documents to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election".More news: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit exposes Juncker health problems
Trump told reporters in London Friday that he will "absolutely firmly" ask Putin about the finding by USA intelligence agencies that he authorized the campaign of interference. They are charged with infiltrating computers including state boards of election, secretaries of state, and companies that provide software to monitor elections. It claims that they created fictitious online personas, including "DCLeaks" and "Guccifer 2.0", and used them to release the documents starting un June 2016.
The additional 12 indictments on Friday are yet another milestone in the ongoing investigation by Mueller and his team. On Feb. 16, his prosecutors charged 13 Russians and three Russian entities they said were part of a broader effort to sow discord among USA voters through social media - which they used to impersonate Americans, coordinate with unwitting US activists and even plan rallies. He said he briefed Trump earlier this week on the indictment.More news: Putin hosts aide to Iran's supreme leader amid Syria talks
The indictment - which comes days before President Donald Trump holds a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin - was the clearest allegation yet of Russian efforts to meddle in American politics. "When we confront foreign interference in American elections, it is important for us to avoid thinking politically as Republicans or Democrats and instead to think patriotically as Americans".
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