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Before he embarked on a week of transatlantic diplomacy, President Donald Trump sat down with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who previewed for the boss an explosive development: The Justice Department would soon indict 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democratic emails to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election.

On July 27, 2016, Trump said at a news conference: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing", referring to emails Clinton had deleted from the private server she had used when she was secretary of state.

"There is no evidence that any American committed a crime", Rosenstein said during a press conference at the Department of Justice on Friday.

The indictment of 12 Russians for allegedly hacking the Democratic Party in 2016 appear to be politically motivated, with the goal of spoiling the upcoming Helsinki summit, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The unit helped release documents under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 and published anti-Clinton commentary on social media, per the indictment.

Rosenstein related that he had briefed President Trump on the coming charges earlier this week.

Graham said May's approval of the Putin meeting is still important since Britain is America's closest ally as well as similarly a rival of Russian Federation.

A few hours before the indictments were announced, Trump called the Mueller investigation a "rigged witch hunt" that is hurting the United States' relationship with Russian Federation.

Others, in wake of the indictments, have urged Trump to simply cancel the meeting. But the meeting will go on, the White House said, and Trump will spend the next two days taking "meetings" and playing golf.

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The charges come just days before President Donald Trump is set to meet with Russia's President Vladimir Putin and on the same day that Trump, on a trip to the United Kingdom, again called the investigation a "witch hunt". If, however, Rosenstein is removed from office after impeachment (very unlikely since that would require 2/3 of the Senate to vote in favor), the entire Mueller probe could be in jeopardy, as the next individual in the line of succession could very well limit its scope or even shut it down completely.

It also raised further questions about possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, as the conspirators allegedly began a spear-phishing offensive against Clinton and members of her team the same day Trump publicly called on Russian Federation to find his opponent's missing emails - a comment members of Trump's team have dismissed as a joke.

The indictment does not allege that Trump campaign associates were involved in the hacking efforts or that any American was knowingly in contact with Russian intelligence officers.

The indictment says the Russian operative told the Trump campaign adviser it would be a "great pleasure" to help the campaign, and later asked that adviser's opinion about a stolen Democratic committee document that was posted online.

The document continues: "On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for the US Congress".

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that the indictments were "good news for all Americans".

With the charges, Mueller's prosecutors have marked out another Internet pathway they say Russian Federation used to influence the USA election.

"The Russians are nailed".

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