The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 vote and whether any members of Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow.
The 12 were members of Russian military intelligence, known as the GRU, and are accused of engaging in a sustained effort to hack the computer networks of Democratic organizations and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
While Friday's indictment does not include any criminal allegations against a US citizen, the charges note that Guccifer 2.0 allegedly communicated with "U.S. persons about the release of stolen documents".
The indictment - announced days before US President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin - stands as the clearest Justice Department allegation yet of Russian efforts to interfere, through illegal hacking, in the election before Americans went to the polls. With that said, there is a chance this information may have been used during the primaries between same-party candidates as well, but with primaries nearly over in most states by the August 15 date cited in the indictment, this seems less likely.
All three worked out plea deals and have pledged to cooperate with the investigation.
The Russians are accused of breaking into the computer networks of several organizations of the Democratic Party to steal emails. But Trump also doubled down on his characterization of Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt" that hurts America's relationship with Russian Federation. He said there's no allegation in the indictment as to whether they actually did affect it, labeling that speculative.
"The indictments Rod Rosenstein announced are good news for all Americans".
Trump told reporters on his visit to the United Kingdom on Friday that he planned to "ask" Putin about Russia's attack on the election.
"One unit engaged by stealing information, a different unit by disseminating the information", Rosenstein said.
The DoJreports that the indictment does not claim that the alleged criminal activities "altered the vote count or changed the outcome of the 2016 elections".
Chiefly, the indictment names names.
The investigation has already indicted 20 people - mostly Russian nationals - as well as three companies and four former Trump advisers.
"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.
He continued: "I think it can be fairly observed that, you know, this is yet another nail in the witch hunt argument coffin, and there are more indictments to come".
Later in the day, Serena Williams defeated German surprise package Julia Görges 6-2, 6-4 to reach her 10th Wimbledon final. Kerber, who won both the Australian Open and US Open in 2016, triumphed 6-3 7-5 on Centre Court to reach the semis.
For their second engagement of the day, the newlyweds visited Croke Park , headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association. With Emmy nominations due out on Thursday, the Duchess could snag a nomination for her last-ever acting role.
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Meanwhile, the Hawks are adding another fun point guard to a backcourt that just drafted Trae Young and Kevin Huerter . Spencer Dinwiddie stepped in while Lin was out and became one of the NBA's most improved players.
While the stadium bore the name of the pizza company, the naming rights deal was with Schnatter himself instead of the company. The marketing agency proceeded to drop Papa John's as a client, even at significant financial cost, according to Forbes .
Republicans have said they disagree with that conclusion, which will likely be a significant focus of Thursday's public hearing. President Trump has seized on the Strzok and Page's texts to denounce the Mueller probe as nothing more than a "witch hunt".
And if she maintains the same pace, she's likely to surpass Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest self-made billionaire ever. Forbes also says Jenner is the 27th-richest self-made woman in the United States, beating out the rest of her family.
On Boris Johnson , Trump said again he thought the former foreign secretary would make a great prime minister. On Friday he travels to Windsor Castle, about 22 miles west of London , to meet with Queen Elizabeth II.
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