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Roger Stone says he’s the 'US person' mentioned in Mueller indictment

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That's according to a grand jury indictment Friday charging 12 Russian military intelligence officers with hacking into the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party as part of a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 US election.

Rosenstein said he briefed Trump on the latest indictment earlier this week, as the president embarked on a European tour that included the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, a visit to the United Kingdom and an upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Trump said was not his enemy, but his "competitor".

The Trump administration later claimed his invitation was a "joke" - a catch-all excuse for some of the president's more inflammatory comments.

When Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the latest Russian meddling indictments Friday, he proved that big news often has a Texas connection.

The accusation isn't new; Trump has leveled it against his arch-nemesis predecessor several times since he became president.

■ They released the materials by creating fictitious online personas, including "DCLeaks" and "Guccifer 2.0".

"This is just one more case of political malpractice", he said.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE handed down indictments on Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers, saying that they interfered in the 2016 USA elections. "The Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the US elections", Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said Friday.

"Today's charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result", White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said in a statement. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is examining previously undisclosed contact between former Trump campaign officials and a Russian figure alleged to have tried to sell them dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

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The indictments came just ahead of Mr. Trump's scheduled meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

The charges come as Mueller continues to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. No Americans are involved.

The retiring Republican senator also "is hopeful that as the investigation continues, we can do what we need to protect future elections from foreign interference", Whitlock said.

■ They stole gigabytes of data from DNC and DCCC computers.

The Russians are facing charges of conspiring to access computers without authorization in an effort to interfere with a presidential election, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering.

But according to criminal charges filed Friday by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Guccifer 2.0 was actually operated by a group of Russian military intelligence officers based in Moscow.

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone said he's likely the unnamed individual in the Justice Department's election hacking indictment who communicated with the persona "Guccifer 2.0".

Roger Stone, who served as an adviser to the campaign and has known Trump for almost four decades, previously insisted it wasn't him. In the face of near-universal consensus among USA intelligence agencies on Guccifer 2.0's links to the GRU, Stone's denials may suggest anxiety about future findings by Robert Mueller's investigation.