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12 Russian Intelligence Officers Indicted by Mueller Probe for Hacking DNC and Infiltrating State Election Databases

The deputy attorney general held a press conference to discuss the latest developments.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election, according to a briefing by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein noted that the people named in the indictments hacked the DNC and the chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta. Some in the indictments also hacked into state election board databases.

He also said that the intelligence officers used the data obtained in the hack to influence the election by funneling it through another party. Though that party is unnamed in the indictment, it has been widely reported that WikiLeaks was used to disseminate the hacked info.

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No American is indicted in the new court documents. Rosenstein also insisted that there's no evidence that the election results were tampered with, though voter data was accessed.

The announcement came as President Donald Trump is in Great Britain preparing to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. They plan to hold a one-on-one meeting in Helsinki.

Trump has repeatedly called the investigation a "hoax" and a "witch hunt." despite multiple indictments and guilty pleas.

Rosenstein said he has already briefed the president on the content of the indictment.

He warned against jumping to conclusions about an ongoing federal investigation and urged that the probe be free from political squabbling.

Asked by a reporter about the president's claims that the investigation is a witch hunt, Rosenstein said, "I only comment on the evidence."

This story is being updated.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.