Dept of Justice releases indictments against Russian and American individuals and several companies that interfered with US elections

Breaking news as of 2:30 PM, Friday, Feb 16.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein held a press conference on Friday afternoon to announce special counsel indictments of Russian firms and individuals who interfered in the 2016 election. Included in the indictment were the Internet Research Agency, also known as Glavset, an organization based in St. Petersburg that specializes in creating fake accounts on social media and generating false news stories supported by pop-up fake news sites.

According to the charges the defendants not only posed as U.S. citizens while operating social media pages and groups designed to impact the election, but some of them traveled to the United States in the process to collect information and …

Some defendants, posing as US persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign …

The indictments include a charge of “conducting information warfare against the United States” along with charges connected to a conspiracy.

The conspiracy had as its object impairing, destructing, and defeating the lawful governmental functions of the United States by dishonest means, in order to enable the Defendants to interfere with US political and electoral processes, including the 2016 presidential election.

Here is a link to the 37-page indictment.

We will post more information later.

Meanwhile, Trump continues to claim Russian meddling in our elections is “a hoax . . . a witch hunt.”