Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Following US indictments, Twitter bans Russia-linked accounts

Following US indictments, Twitter bans Russia-linked accounts

Friday's indictment was secured by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Moscow's interference in the election and whether President Donald Trump's campaign cooperated with the effort. But the C-SPAN caller - who clearly hated the idea of a Hillary Clinton presidency - seemed to take it as a positive for the candidate she supported. He also said there's no allegation in the indictment that any American was involved in the operation.

In the interview, President Trump also blamed the Democratic National Committee for "allowing themselves to be hacked" by Russians trying to help him win the 2016 election.

The indictment accuses the Russian hackers, starting in March 2016, of covertly monitoring the computers of dozens of Democratic officials and volunteers, implanting malicious computer code known as malware to explore the networks and steal data, and sending phishing emails to gain access to accounts.

Alexander also shared the public statement of Republican Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) which contradicted the President's assertion that he sees no evidence Russian Federation worked to sway the election.

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann resigns over Theresa May's Chequers Brexit plan
Arch-Remainer Justine Greening - an ex-Cabinet minister - gives May a further headache by calling for a second Brexit referendum. Jubilant Brexiteers believe Brussels will now reject the so-called Chequers plan, forcing May to think again.

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump said, adding that "you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe".

"Mr President, as today's indictments reaffirm, election interference is not a question to be asked of Vladimir Putin, but a statement to be made to Vladimir Putin: you interfered in our elections", Flake said on Twitter.

According to the 29-page indictment, the Department of Justice linked two Russian intelligence officers to Guccifer 2.0: Aleksandr Vladimirovich, a colonel in the Russian military, and Aleksey Aleksandrovich Potemkin.

By June 2016, the defendants began planning the release of tens of thousands of stolen emails and documents, the indictment alleges.

'Defended a Tyrant': McCain, GOP Lawmakers Rip Trump Over 'Tragic' Putin Summit
This was an interview with a friendly, high-profile, American television host just weeks after Trump was sworn in. McCain called the press conference "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

A group of leading Democratic senators, including Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY, urged Mr. Trump Saturday either to cancel the summit or not to meet alone with Mr. Putin, noting that the Russian president is a veteran spy.

Last week, before Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment was released, the president dismissed the Russian Federation probe as a "rigged witch hunt".

The Justice Department has announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election.

In another related allegation, the indictment claims Russian officers hacked a state election board's website and stole the information of roughly 500,000 voters. That put Rosenstein in charge, and he promptly appointed former FBI Director Mueller as special counsel.

Putin 'proud' of Russia's handling of World Cup
The 2018 world Cup in Russian Federation was the best world Cup in history, said the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino. France scored four goals in a six-goal spectacle against Croatia to bag their second World Cup title in Moscow .

Mueller previously indicted 13 Russians and three companies for allegedly interfering in the presidential vote.

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