The Justice Department announced charges Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein held a news conference earlier in the day to discuss the charges, which stem from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election
"Today's charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result," the White House said. "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along."
Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Drezner joined Fox News Radio's Marie Harf to discuss President Trump's upcoming meeting with Putin and more.
On indictments today: A couple of takeaways. The most obvious one is that anyone who tells you that they know what the Mueller probe is going to find is lying because the thing that's remarkable to me is the degree to which the investigation is not leaked at all. No one was expecting these indictments until there was an announcement. (00:36)
On Putin meeting: I think there are a couple of issues that Trump will want to bring up and there is one issue at at least that Trump should bring up, besides the cyber stuff which I honestly hope he brings up but I'm not optimistic, the issues he will bring up are Ukraine and Syria. Those are the largest sources of friction between the Russia and the United States in terms of foreign policy. There are murmurings of a bargain being struck. (4:06)
On why it is bad for Trump to go into the meeting without preparation: Essentially, it's like imagine you're going into the World Series of Poker and you're sitting down with a guy whose played poker for 20 years and you may have a lot of money but you can't tell the difference between a flush and straight. It's essentially the same thing. There's a reason why you want to be briefed going in. (6:31)
On if Trump will back down on his tariffs: I'll be honest I don't think he's gonna back down until after the midterms. If the midterms send him a message that this isn't working then he might actually change his course. (9:07)