That put Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge, and he promptly appointed former FBI Director Mueller as special counsel.
The Justice Department says the 12 defendants are all members of the Russian intelligence arm GRU, and attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
The indictment lays out a sweeping and coordinated effort to break into key Democratic email accounts, including those belonging to the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. They are accused of releasing the stolen emails on a website, dcleaks.com.
Later, Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta also was embarrassed by the release of his emails.
CNN's Jake Tapper explained why the bombshell indictments from special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday were such a significant development in the 2016 election interference case, calling it a "remarkable turn of events".
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.
London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests
In an incendiary interview , warned that her Brexit plan would "kill the deal" between the USA and Britain on trade. Trump will spend one night in British capital. "I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way".
There is no indication any of the named defendants are in the United States or countries from which the U.S.is likely to be able to extradite them.
Rosenstein said there is no allegation that USA citizens were involved in the alleged crimes described in the indictment.
"It's important not to think as Republicans or Democrats, but patriotically as Americans", he said. Our response must not depend on who was victimized,"Rosenstein said".
US intelligence agencies have concluded that Putin personally ordered a campaign to undermine "public faith in the USA democratic process" with the goal of hurting Clinton's candidacy and ultimately helping to elect Trump.
It comes days before Mr Trump's Helsinki meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, casting a major shadow over the encounter. Trump has said he believes Putin's denials that Russian Federation did not meddle in the election.
He also said he told May "how to do it", but that she "didn't listen" and "wanted to go a different route". He said: "I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad".
The dispute has jolted global financial markets, raising worries a full-scale trade war could derail the world economy. Its trade surplus with the United States over the same period was $133.76bn, up from $117.51bn previous year .
Health Canada says patients taking the drug should check with their pharmacists to learn if their medicine is being recalled. It initiated on-site investigations of 82 companies to check whether the drugs contain NDMA.
Croatia fans in Zagreb react to key match moments in the World Cup semifinal win over England . "This is fantastic", Dalic said. Supporters thanked the side for "making us proud" during the run to the last four of the competition.
According to Wojnarowski, however, league sources said they expect the Hawks to now trade Schroder this offseason. Faried, 28, played in 32 games (seven starts) for Denver last season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds.
The CDC puts salmonella illnesses at 1.2 million per year in the United States, 1 million of which are caused by food. It says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund.
Trump did not specify which countries had committed to what, and it remained unclear whether any had changed their plans. For Germany, the focus of much of Trump's criticism, that number was 6.6 percent. "I'm a very stable genius".
The fantasy dragons-and-swords saga, which already has 38 Emmys under its belt, is not expected back on screens until next year. Others in the category include "black-ish", " Silicon Valley ", " Curb Your Enthusiasm " and " Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ".
Germany spends 1.2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense, while the US spends 3.5 percent. First Lady Melania Trump attend the evening reception and dinner at the 2018 NATO Summit.
Women Awarded Almost $5 Billion In Damages from J&J
The verdict comes in the first test of plaintiffs' claims of an asbestos ovarian cancer link in use of J&J's iconic baby powder. They also heard from the cancer survivors themselves and the loved ones of six plaintiffs who have died from their cancer.
Marvel Just Announced a BLACK WIDOW Movie
Shortland's credits include the World War II drama Lore from 2012 and the horror film Berlin Syndrome from past year . Marvel Studios' Black Widow movie is one step closer to happening, as the film has now set a director.
What Melania Trump will be doing in London
The Queen will meet President Donald Trump at Windsor Castle on Friday, the palace has confirmed. May and Trump are scheduled to hold talks and a joint news conference on Friday.
Israel to launch first lunar space mission in December
This way, they will raise interest in space among the people in Israel, and will also encourage young generations to study STEM. On the moon, the vessel will transmit data to the control centre at IAI for two days before its systems shut down.
Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge
The club's 64-word announcement was eventually made on Friday, ending with: "We wish Antonio every success in his future career". Former banker Sarri, 59, will be Chelsea's ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
Hurricane Chris's eye stares at NASA's Aqua satellite
EDT Wednesday, but the National Hurricane Center suggested people in Atlantic Canada monitor the storm's progress. Looks like another storm right next to Tropical Storm Chris , but it won't ever get named and here's why.
Former Celtic Isaiah Thomas signs in Denver
Free agent Isaiah Thomas signed with the Denver Nuggets late Wednesday night, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He was traded to Cleveland last summer along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a pair of picks for Kyrie Irving .
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