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July 13, 2018

On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced indictments against 12 Russian intelligence agents in relation to the 2016 hacking and unlawful release of emails from the Democratic National Committee. The White House responded with a statement that was more Rosenstein's words than its own.

In its release, the White House simply picked out the Department of Justice's reminders that no Americans or Trump campaign officials were involved in this round of charges.

The statement, as Washington Post data reporter Chris Ingraham pointed out on Twitter, additionally does not condemn Russia in any way. It does suggest that the hacking of the DNC and Hillary Clinton's emails was "alleged," however, even though countless sources and even President Trump have acknowledged its factual existence many, many times.

And though the statement says there are no allegations against Americans or Trump campaign personnel "in this indictment," that doesn't mean none were involved in the DNC hack. They may — or may not — come up in a future round of charges. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted several Americans and Trump affiliates as a result of his ongoing probe. Kathryn Krawczyk

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