Russian agents' indictment raises stakes ahead of Trump-Putin summit

Aaron Brown
July 16, 2018

"I think it's a good thing to meet", he said. I think having meetings with the president of China [Xi Jinping] was a very good thing.

He also listed Russian Federation "in certain respects" and China on economic matters when asked to list America's top global foes. "Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out".

On Friday a federal grand jury alleged that officers of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, secretly monitored computers and stole data from the campaign of Trump's former rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"The reason why we have hard relations with Russian Federation is not because of the Mueller probe, but because Russian Federation intervened in our election", Mr. Warner said.

Asked if Putin and Trump might strike a deal that would lead to the withdrawal of Iranian forces and their proxies from southwestern Syria, Ushakov said Syria and the Iranian presence there would feature prominently on the summit agenda.

"Well, I might", Trump said. "But certainly, I'll be asking about it".

In the CBS interview, Trump appeared to lay blame for the hacking on the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, not Russian Federation. "They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration".

John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" that the United States would not be looking for "deliverables" and that the meeting would be "unstructured", beginning with a one-on-one session between the two leaders.

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.

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"The Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the US elections", Mr. Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said on Friday.

As Trump departs the U.K., Prime Minister Theresa May surprised many by stating that the president encouraged her to sue the EU.

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

Mr Trump told reporters he planned to raise election meddling with Mr Putin but said he did not expect Mr Putin to ever accept blame.

Because Mueller has maintained public silence on his investigation, Rosenstein has made the few public pronouncements on the probe outside of legal documents and courtroom proceedings. He did not mention any evidence gathered from the computer servers of the Democratic National Committee, which were never provided. Huntsman said the meeting must go on because some worldwide issues can't be solved without Russian engagement.

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, a Republican, told her peers how her state is using its National Guard to help test and shore up cybersecurity for elections.

"He told me I should sue the European Union - not go into negotiations", May told the BBC. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade".

"The DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked", Trump told Glor.

According to the indictment, Democratic Party organizations realized they had been hacked by May of 2016, and brought in a security company to purge the hackers. But I heard they were trying to hack the Republicans too. "But - and this may be wrong - but they had much stronger defences". Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Friday tweeted that the indictments are good news - Russians have been nailed, no Americans are involved, and it's time for Mueller to wrap up his "pursuit of the President". Why didn't Obama do something about it?

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