13 Russians Charged in 2016 Election Interference Investigation

Thirteen Russians and three Russian companies are facing charges in the U.S. as part of the investigation into meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

It comes after federal prosecutors outlined an elaborate Russian plot to interfere in the election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been leading the investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with Trump campaign officials.

He brought the indictments against the 13 individuals and Russian entities.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein held a rare news conference Friday to announce the criminal charges.

“The defendants allegedly conducted what they called ‘information warfare’ against the United States with the state goal of spreading distrust toward candidates and political system,” said Rosenstein. “The defendants used that infrastructure to establish hundreds of accounts on Facebook, Twitter making appear controlled by persons in U.S.”

The charges include conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

President Trump tweeted after the announcement saying ‘the results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong.’