Special counsel indicts thirteen Russian nationals in Russia investigation

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups of violating criminal laws with the intent to interfere “with U.S. elections and political processes”, according to the agency.

The indictment charges “all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.”

The indictment said some defendants “communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign” without revealing their association with Russia. The indictment also said the defendants posted negative information about a number of candidates during the last general election.

The operations included “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” his Democratic rival, according to the indictment.

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