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Mueller charges 13 Russian nationals with interfering in 2016 election

The Latest: Charges don't say election outcome was altered

Three of the people named have also been accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five have been accused of aggravated identity theft.

A 37-page federal indictment released Friday afternoon spells out in exhaustive detail a three-year Russian plot to disrupt America's democracy and boost Trump's campaign, dealing a fatal blow to one of the president's favorite talking points.

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"Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy."

"What has happened is Mueller is setting himself up, having tossed red meat to the base on the left: here is your Russians, here is your conspiracy, see, they have tried to affect the outcome of the election".

"What were the financial relationships between the Trump Organization before the election and the Trump campaign", Clapper said.

"Unfortunately, President Trump's lack of leadership in this area is becoming an issue of national security".

"Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President".

Mueller is deep into a multifaceted probe of Russian interference, and whether the Trump campaign cooperated with the Kremlin, among other elements.

Russian Federation started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President.

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Russia's Internet Research Agency "had a strategic goal to sow discord in the USA political system, including the 2016 United States presidential election", the indictment said. Greg Sargent of the Washington Post explains what this means for the broader Russian Federation investigation.

President Trump says, "it is more important than ever before to come together as Americans".

"No collusion!" Trump said about his presidential campaign as he pointed out that Russia's alleged meddling had begun much earlier.

Asked about the indictments Saturday at the Munich Security Conference, Sergey Lavrov replied: "I have no response".

In the first charges directly related to the election, the indicted Russians were accused of running a secret campaign to tilt the vote, including by churning out online posts that were damaging to Trump's political rivals. They are alleged to have set up accounts on Twitter, YouTube and the world's largest social media site - Facebook to spread divisive propaganda.

According to one internal communication described by prosecutors, the specialists were instructed to "use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump - we support them)".

"They engaged in operations primarily meant to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump", the indictment alleges.

"Some Defendants, posing as USA persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities".

"The fact that Mueller dumped these indictments out today proves that he is kind of hoping to go undercover - as far as is possible - to go undercover with political news like that", conservative radio host Dave Perkins told RT.

"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity", he said. "There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election".

Rosenstein added that the special counsel's investigation is ongoing.

He's known as "Putin's chef" - a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favour with Vladimir Putin through his stomach.

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