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Robert Mueller just indicted 13 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 election

Mueller just made a big move.

According to a breaking news report from the Daily Beast, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Linking to a Justice Department document, the Beast reports that lead defendant in Muellers indictment is the “Internet Research Agency,” known as Russia’s “troll farm.”

The counts include conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. According to the federal complaint, “Some Defendants, posing as US persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign.”

Friday’s indictments mark the first time criminal charges have been brought against Russians for interfering in the U.S. election process.

Read the Justice Department’s indictment here.

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