House Republicans push to fire Rod Rosenstein following indictments of Russian officials

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House Republicans push to fire Rod Rosenstein following indictments of Russian officials

"House conservatives are preparing a new push to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to three conservative Capitol Hill sources - putting the finishing touches on an impeachment filing even as Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 election", Politico reports Friday.

Civil liberty icon Alan Dershowitz said Friday that the indictments against Russians officials in the special counsel's investigation into election interference are proof that the special counsel was unnecessary.

The news comes as Trump prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday in Helsinki, Finland - a meeting Democratic congressional leaders are calling on him to cancel.

Trump has repeatedly said the investigation into suspected Russian interference in the 2016 US election - which he casts as a "rigged witch hunt" - makes it hard for him to do substantive deals with Moscow.

They are accused of stealing usernames and passwords of volunteers in Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign, including its chairman, John Podesta.

US intelligence agencies have said Moscow was aiming to help the Trump campaign and harm Clinton's bid.

"This indictment makes clear just how vast this operation was - including Russian intelligence officers' intrusion into the website of a state election board and theft of information related to approximately 500,000 voters", Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom Perez tweeted.

Trump also questioned federal authorities' response to the hacking, asking why the FBI did not "take possession" of the DNC server.

During a joint news conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, Mr Trump said he would "absolutely" ask the Russian president about alleged election meddling. I have embedded a copy of the indictment below.

Protesters wear orange face makeup while the U.S. President is visiting Trump Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort in Scotland as people gather for anti-Trump rallies during his visit to the United Kingdom on July 14, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's wide-net Russian Federation investigation has officially resulted in 191 criminal charges against 35 defendants, and that count may only rise.

Mr Rosenstein said the defendants corresponded with several Americans during the alleged conspiracy, but added there is no allegation that any United States citizen committed a crime. Charges echoed on the very day of the indictment by Trump's director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who warned of a pre-9/11-style "warning lights are blinking red again" threat of cyberattack. "Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent".

The announcement that the Russians had been charged with hacking Democratic officials during the 2016 presidential election sparked a heated war of words between Washington and Moscow.

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