Trump Approved Press Conference of Russian Indictments to Strengthen Hand Against Putin

(From The Daily Caller)

President Donald Trump chose to have the indictments of 12 Russian hackers announced before his Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a Tuesday Bloomberg report.

Trump wanted the indictments announced ahead of the Monday summit to give him leverage over Putin, a source familiar with the matter told Bloomberg on Tuesday. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave Trump the option of having the indictments released before or after Helsinki, according to the report.

Rosenstein cited national security concerns to allow him to share details of grand jury proceedings with Trump.

Rosenstein announced Friday that a grand jury had indicted 12 Russian intelligence operatives for hacking and releasing Democrats’ emails during the 2016 presidential election. The hackers worked for the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian General Staff, or GRU, according to the indictment.

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