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Mueller Eyes Charges Against Russians Who Stole, Spread Democrats' Emails

The special counsel's consideration of charges accusing Russians in the hacking case has not been reported previously

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    White House Admits Russia Meddled in Election, Maintains There Wasn’t Collusion

    Following a series of tweets President Trump sent over the weekend in response to the Parkland, Florida, shooting and the indictment of 13 Russian nationals who tried to sow discord in the 2016 U.S. election, the White House agreed that Russia tried to meddle with the 2016 election but maintained that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018)

    Special counsel Robert Mueller is assembling a case for criminal charges against Russians who carried out the hacking and leaking of private information designed to hurt Democrats in the 2016 election, multiple current and former government officials familiar with the matter told NBC News.

    Much like the indictment Mueller filed last month charging a different group of Russians in a social media trolling and illegal-ad-buying scheme, the possible new charges are expected to rely heavily on secret intelligence gathered by the CIA, the FBI, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, several of the officials said.

    Mueller's consideration of charges accusing Russians in the hacking case has not been reported previously. Sources say he has long had sufficient evidence to make a case, but strategic issues could dictate the timing. A spokesman for the special counsel declined to comment.

    On Wednesday, NBC News reported that Mueller's team is asking witnesses pointed questions about whether President Donald Trump was aware that Democratic emails had been stolen before that was publicly known, and whether he was involved in their strategic release, according to multiple people familiar with the probe.

    Putin Explains How 'Patriotic' Hackers Work

    [NATL] Putin Explains How 'Patriotic' Hackers Work

    Russian President Vladimir Putin denied Russian state involvement in a series of hacking incidents that purportedly influenced the 2016 presidential election, but floated a theory that "patriotic" individuals may act in Russia's interest after reading news articles. 

    (Published Thursday, June 1, 2017)

    Trump has repeatedly denied collusion and has called the Mueller investigation a "witch hunt."