Update: On July 13, 2018, the Justice Department announced indictments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, charging 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and the DCCC.
After the indictments were announced, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin until Russian Federation takes steps to prove it won't interfere in future elections.
The Helsinki talks culminate a week of Trump's bull-in-a-China-shop diplomacy in Europe.
Neither side expects the one-day summit on Monday, the first between the two leaders, to yield major policy breakthroughs given the battered state of U.S. -Russia relations, which are languishing at their lowest ebb since the Cold War.
"I'm not going in with high expectations but we may come out with very surprising things", Trump said.
"GRU officers who knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other, and with persons known and known to the Grand Jury (collectively the "Conspirators"), to gain unauthorized access (to "hack") into the computers of USA persons and entities involved in the 2016 US presidential election, steal documents from those computers, and stage releases of the stolen documents to interfere with the 2016 USA presidential election", says the Justice Department.
He noted that talks would cover Putin's war in Syria, his other war in Ukraine, Russia's annexation of Crimea, and its meddling in the 2016 United States election.
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President Trump has seized on the Strzok and Page's texts to denounce the Mueller probe as nothing more than a "witch hunt". Strzok was questioned for 11 hours over his role and alleged bias in a closed hearing of the two committees two weeks ago.
Trump claimed he would be going into the meeting with Putin with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation better financed, more united and resolute. While denying Putin's role, Trump has blamed President Barack Obama for not doing enough to stop it. "Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide and conquer us". "I think that's a real possibility", he said.
"I didn't criticize the prime minister". "This is the old KGB officer whose job it is to basically turn people towards his interests, and he plays it that way".
After two Europe-centric world wars last century that proved impossible for the U.S.to avoid engaging in, and an ensuing Cold War that cost untold billions of dollars, few would argue that it's in USA interests to abandon an alliance that has so far precluded war by one member nation against another. "I looked the man in the eye. I think he's got what it takes".
"But raising this as a central issue at the beginning of the summit created the mood of a contentious and divisive summit, and this is not something welcomed by countries on the eastern flank", Baranowski said.
At the conference, a reporter asked the US President whether he regretted his comments on Mrs May's Brexit position.
"The U.S. intelligence community knows that the Russian government attacked the U.S. This is not a Republican or a Democrat view - it is simply the reality".
It's highly doubtful. They will most likely continue to fall in line as Trump enablers even as he embarrasses the United States overseas and takes a political hacksaw to our valuable global alliances. Then came the Arab Spring, and in particular, the downfall of Putin's ally, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi - who Obama's then-secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, had built an global coalition to oppose. "He chose to attack our election & undermine democracies around the world".