The bombshell came a day after GOP lawmakers spent hours trying to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's probe by attacking FBI agent Peter Strzok, whose anti-Trump text messages with his FBI colleague and then-lover Lisa Page they cited as evidence of a tainted investigation. "The president has said he will bring up the election meddling of 2016, but he has. said it in terms of nearly as if he's going to reluctantly bring it up".
Rosenstein, who said he had briefed President Donald Trump on the indictment, said there was no allegation that the hacking altered any vote count or that any Americans were knowingly in communication with any of the Russian officers.More news: Chrome Is About to Hog Your RAM Even More
"This is a major, major diplomatic breach", said Dana Bash.
DOJ says the hacking targeted Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, with the intention to "release that information on the internet under the names DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 and through another entity".
The officers worked for two units of Russian intelligence, one that engaged in active cyber operations by stealing information and another that disseminated the information, Rosenstein announced.More news: Barcelona complete €36m Lenglet capture from Sevilla
Mueller has secured indictments against several former Trump campaign aides, including campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Mueller and a team of prosecutors have been working since May 2017 to determine if any Trump associates conspired with Russian Federation to interfere in the election.
"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime", he said at a news conference.More news: Isaiah Thomas Agrees To One-Year Minimum Deal With Nuggets
Rosenstein said that responsibility for this prosecution - which is unlikely to go forward in court as Russian Federation is unlikely to extradite the suspects - would pass from Mueller's office to the National Security division of the Justice Department.