Russian agents allegedly used Bitcoin to fund the DNC hack

His work had already led to charges against 20 people on crimes ranging from money laundering to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "There is no allegation in this indictment that Americans knew that they were corresponding with the Russians", Rosenstein said.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters released a statement saying the new information "is consistent with what we have been saying all along".

Trump lawyer Rudolph Giuliani said in a Tweet after the indictments were unveiled, "The indictments Rod Rosenstein announced are good news for all Americans".

The indictment reads that GRU officials began their cyberattacks in March 2016 and employed several Americans during this conspiracy.

"There was one unit that engaged in active cyber operations by stealing information and a different unit responsible for disseminating the stolen information", Rosenstein said, reports the Washington Post.

"The indictment charges 11 of the defendants with conspiracy to commit computer crimes, eight counts of aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to launder money".

He said there was no evidence that the hacking changed any vote count.

The deputy attorney general's press conference came as Trump was meeting Queen Elizabeth II and just three days before his meeting with Putin in Helsinki.

Mr Rosenstein said he had briefed Mr Trump about the indictment before today's announcement and that there was no allegation that U.S. citizens were involved in the alleged crimes.

Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said earlier Friday that "the Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the US elections". "On or about July 22, 2016, Organization 1 released over 20,000 emails and other documents stolen from the DNC network by the [Russians]".

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"This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent", it said.

The charges come as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election.

Trump, meanwhile, has been criticized for being reluctant to speak publicly about Russian interference into the campaign.

President Donald and his supporters have repeatedly called Mueller's investigation a "Witch Hunt".

But with Mueller still investigating, it's not known whether further indictments are taking shape or will.

Because the Russian officials remain in Russia, it is highly unlikely that they will ever be prosecuted in the United States.

In August 2016, the indictment says, "the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, sent a reporter stolen documents pertaining to the Black Lives Matter movement, The reporter responded by discussing when to release the documents and offering to write an article about their release".

"In my remarks, I have not identified the victims", Rosenstein said.

"We have this stupidity going on, pure stupidity, but it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation because, anything you do, it's like: "Russia, oh he loves Russia", he said.

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