Twitter suspends two accounts linked to 12 Russians indicted by Mueller

"I certainly acknowledge that I was in touch with Trump campaign officials, and I have testified under oath to the House Intelligence Committee that I certainly had a 24-word exchange with the persona Guccifer 2.0 over Twitter direct messages", Stone said in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo.

"My contact with the campaign in 2016 was Donald Trump". "But even if he was, my communication with him is ex post facto it happens weeks after the WikiLeaks have already published the Democratic National Committee emails and therefore collusion would have to be, would have to be chronological".

On Friday, a federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016 in the most detailed USA accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Republican Donald Trump.

In announcing the indictment Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that although Americans corresponded with the indicted Russians, in this case, no Americans are accused of having knowingly conspired with Russian intelligence officers.

The Mueller's team appeared increasingly focused on whether any associates of Trump knew that the Russian government had hacked emails from the DNC and Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta and provided them to Wikileaks during the last presidential election, according to those sources.

Stone told CNN by phone, "I don't think it is me because I wasn't in regular contact with members of the Trump campaign", although he was in contact with Donald Trump himself.




"I think I probably am the person referred to", Stone said Friday evening. The indictment says the Russians, posing as Guccifer 2.0, approached Organization 1 to offer them documents stolen from the DNC and transferred that data starting on July 14, 2016.

Nunberg said he expects Roger Stone to be indicted soon as his own time before the Grand Jury convinced him the operative is "clearly a target".

Nunberg added that he thought Stone is "a critical piece for Bob Mueller".

Stone downplayed the message exchange, calling it benign based on its content, context, and timing.

The indictment alleges that from around June 2016 the conspirators released tens of thousands of stolen emails and documents "using fictitious online personas, including "DCLeaks" and 'Guccifer 2.0.'". The US congressional candidate who asked for stolen documents and the person who communicated with the conspirators and with the Trump campaign were not charged in the indictment.

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