The White House is responding to new indictments handed down Friday on twelve Russian military officials by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
"As Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said today, there is no allegation in this indictment that Americans knew that they were corresponding with Russians.There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result,” Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters released in a statement. "Today’s charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result. This is consistent with what we have been saying all along.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who made the indictment announcement from the Justice Department, did in fact make similar remarks.
"The conspirators corresponded with several Americans through the internet. There is no allegation in the indictment that the Americans knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers," Rosenstein said. "There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy altered the vote count or changed any election result."
President Trump will have a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week and was briefed on the indictments earlier this week.
During a press conference early Friday with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, President Trump said he will be bringing up the issue of Russian election meddling at that time.