Russian Federation dismisses indictment as attempt to "spoil" Trump-Putin meeting

Trump speaks during a press conference on the second day of the NATO Summit in Brussels

Trump speaks during a press conference on the second day of the NATO Summit in Brussels

The statement came hours after the Justice Department announced indictments against 12 Russian nationals as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, accusing them of engaging in a "sustained effort" to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Friday said the summit was still moving forward and there were no plans to cancel it. I don't think he'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me, ' Trump predicted of his meeting with the former KGB colonel.

The U.S. intelligence community knows that the Russian government attacked the U.S. This is not a Republican or a Democrat view - it is simply the reality.

MacCallum brought up the indictments of the 12 Russian intel officers on hacking charges, and Graham restated, "I want President Trump to go to meet Putin, I want a better relationship, but when Putin says 'I didn't do it, ' I want President Trump to say, 'I reject that denial".

Speaking to the press on Capitol Hill, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner said that the White House should make sure Trump is not left alone with Putin.

Senator John McCain said the indictments add to evidence confirmation an "extensive plot" by Putin's government to spark dissent among US voters, attack the 2016 election and undermine faith in democracy.

The fresh indictments related to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe come amid Trump's United Kingdom visit, and just hours after he once again called the investigation a "witch hunt".

Among the Twitter reactions: Top Democrats are demanding that Trump call off the Putin summit - and not always in the most pleasant language.

Trump said Tuesday that his meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" out of all his other meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders this week. The ministry says "obviously, the objective of this is to spoil the atmosphere" before Monday's summit between President Vladimir Putin and President Trump in Helsinki, Finland. "But I'll very firmly ask the question". @POTUS shouldn't meet Putin until he accepts responsibility. Warner also called on the president and his allies to "immediately cease and desist from calling the Mueller investigation a witch hunt". It really hurts our relationship with Russian Federation.

Two Foreign Affairs Democrats, ranking member Eliot L. Engel of NY and Ted Lieu of California, joined House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith, Rep.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short of calling for a cancellation.

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