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WATCH: Rosenstein says 13 Russian nationals committed ‘information warfare against the United States’

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday committed “information warfare against the United States” through a campaign to interfere with the 2016 elections. Their goal: “spread[ing] distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.”

“The indictment alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy. We must not allow them to succeed,” Rosenstein said. “The Department of Justice will continue to work cooperatively with other law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and with the Congress, to defend our nation against similar current and future schemes. I want to thank the federal agents and prosecutors working on this case for their exceptional service.”

On Friday afternoon, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office announced that a grand jury had charged 13 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 elections. Three Russian entities were also indicted.

Rosenstein said that the indictment does not indicate any American was a “knowing participant” in the meddling. He also said the indictment does not suggest the Russian nationals altered the outcome of the 2016 elections.


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