Trump, who has cast doubts about the entire issue, did not immediately respond to the grand jury indictments. In 2013, he took his Miss Universe pageant to the Russian capital, where he sought but failed to meet Putin. "Now", he tweeted Friday.
Nielsen told the state officials, who are responsible for administering elections, there is no indications that Russian Federation is targeting upcoming midterms on the same scale as the 2016 presidential elections, but warned the malicious activity is continuing.
The opposition Democratic party demanded that Trump cancel his July 16 meeting with Putin.
The 12, who are members of the GRU, a Russian intelligence agency, are accused of stealing usernames and passwords of volunteers in Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign, including its chairman John Podesta.
Even as the Mueller probe moved forward, with an additional 12 indictments related to Russian interference in the 2016 election, Republicans in the House of Representatives moved closer to filing impeachment documents against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Man faces hate crime charges over racist Puerto Rico shirt rant
The officer was put on desk duty while officials investigated the incident, but he resigned this week. Trybus is scheduled for his first court appearance August 1, said the Cook County Circuit Court.
Then they brought Clinton's personal office into their scope, the indictment says - the very evening Trump appeared to beckon Russians to do just that.
The relationship between the world's two largest nuclear powers has been a fraught one for decades, alternating between cautious cooperation and belligerent saber-rattling. And they lift the curtain on 21st-century cyber warfare that caught the USA government completely unprepared. His support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and his 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, combined with the regime's long record of human rights abuses, sharply increased tensions.
"I'm glad of the opportunity to tell you about the contact we have had with your neighbors, and leaders of various countries", Putin told him as they met at the Kremlin, in quotes carried by Russian agencies. In the past, he has shied away from attacking Rosenstein directly.
Precisely what USA intelligence agencies and former President Barack Obama knew of the Russian officials' alleged actions at the time is unclear. Those have been sustained since former CIA Director Mike Pompeo was installed as top US diplomat in April and despite the president's growing calls for friendship with Putin.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating United States intelligence findings that Russians conspired to tilt the election in Mr Trump's favour, and whether any of his campaign aides colluded. "And I'll be talking about nuclear proliferation".
Donald Trump meets Britain's Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle
US President Donald Trump was invited to inspect the Coldstream Guards at Windsor Castle, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen. The first lady wore a pale pink two-piece ensemble with her hair pulled back for the occasion; the queen was in a blue coat.
Missouri Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says he now is able to reach the Department of Homeland Security about threats to election systems.
Senior Senate Democrats sent a letter on Saturday to Trump urging him not to meet Putin alone.
Putin, for his part, is likely aiming to win an end to sanctions, which are harming Russian industries and individuals, Susanne Wengle of the University of Notre Dame told the Washington Post - as well as "recognition as a legitimate great power".
"He's been very nice to me the times I've met him", Trump said Thursday after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.
While Trump was questioning the commitment of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies at this past week's summit in Brussels, where leaders agreed on modest steps to improve military readiness in Europe, principally to counter Russia, Pompeo was lauding the 29-nation grouping as "the most successful alliance in history".
Croatia erupts in joy over historic final
But that wouldn't deter the Duke of Cambridge from supporting his team as they take on Croatia in Wednesday's semi-final. With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950.
Mr Rosenstein said the defendants corresponded with several Americans during the alleged conspiracy, but added there is no allegation that any United States citizen committed a crime.