Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talked about the importance of having a united front against foreign political interference in a Friday press conference announcing the indictment of 12 Russian hackers.
“When we confront foreign interference in American elections, it’s important for us to avoid thinking politically as Republicans or Democrats, and instead to think patriotically as Americans,” Rosenstein said. “Our response must not depend on which side is victimized.”
“There will always be adversaries who seek to exacerbate our divisions and try to confuse, divide and conquer us. So long as we are united in our commitment to the values enshrined in the Constitution, they will not succeed,” he said. “The partisan warfare fueled by modern technology does not fairly reflect the grace, dignity and unity of the American people.” (RELATED: Mueller Indicts 12 Russians Involved In Democratic Email Hacking)
The press conference was to announce the indictment of 12 Russians for hacking into the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The Russian hackers are all members of the GRU, a section of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian military.
The hackers also conspired to hack into infrastructure related to vote counts, such as state boards of elections. They did not alter the outcome of the election, according to the press release accompanying the indictment.
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