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Witcover: Indictments of Russian operatives cast shadow on Trump-Putin summit

Witcover: Indictments of Russian operatives cast shadow on Trump-Putin summit

The Justice Department's disclosure that a dozen Russian military intelligence officers were indicted by a grand jury for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has elevated the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki to crisis proportions.

President Donald Trump, who previously insisted he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin when he said there was no Russian involvement, immediately clung to that view despite the indictments last week from special counsel Robert Mueller.

At the same time, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, overseeing the Mueller investigation, said there was as yet no evidence in the materials released of involvement by the Trump campaign.

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