With 12 Russians indicted Friday for allegedly hacking the 2016 US election, President Trump is blaming an unexpected figure: President Obama, the Hill reports. "The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration," Trump tweeted Saturday. "Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?" However, Obama did punish Russia with sanctions and the expulsion of 35 diplomats. Trump's administration, meanwhile, insists the indictments show no evidence of Russia collusion—although the hacks did begin hours after then-candidate Trump called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails. For more on the hack and indictments:
- Key excerpts: "The conspirators covertly monitored the computers of dozens of DCCC and DNC employees, implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code ('malware'), and stole emails and other documents from the DCCC and DNC 5," per one of several indictment excerpts in the New York Times. The hackers are also accused of releasing stolen documents through a website dubbed "Organization 1" (apparently Wikileaks) and using "a network of computers located across the world, including the United States."
- Roger Stone: The Trump confidant said Friday that he's "probably" the one mentioned in the indictments who messaged with the conspirators and was regularly in contact with top Trump campaign officials, USA Today reports. It's partly a reversal, since Stone told the Hill earlier that his Twitter messages with hackers were "benign" and he denied being the one named in the indictments "because I wasn't in regular contact with members of the Trump campaign."