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Will Russia hacking indictment have any impact on future campaigns?

Posted: 7:40 PM, Jul 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-16 19:40:01-04

The indictment into the alleged hacking of Democratic National Committee servers by Russian Military officers falls short of proving Russia had any part in changing the election but claims stolen information was disseminated to candidates in 2016 elections. 

President Donal Trump's former political advisor Roger Stone has been vocal about being indirectly named in the indictment. 

"I think the indictment, in all honesty, is a complete exoneration for me. While it is true that I certainly was in touch with the top leadership of the President's campaign, my one and only exchange with the persona of Guccifer 2.0, who the government claims is a Russian hacker happens four weeks after Wikileaks has already published the allegedly hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee," said Roger Stone, political advisor. 

Stone has testified he never exchanged information or received stolen documents from Guccifer 2.0, but the indictment says a candidate for U.S. Congress did in August 2016 and received stolen information about their opponent. Politico reports that candidate could be tied to Florida. 

"I think it's a little unfair to name names if you don't know who that person is," said Brian Crowley, WPTV's political analyst.

Crowley believes the indictment highlights another big problem. 

"Whatever information they may have been provided by Russian operatives, our campaigns are way too willing to take that kind of information, they've been doing that and the candidates need to put a stop to that," said Crowley. 

Stone said he would like to see the alleged hackers stand trial. President Trump has publicly said he does not see a reason why Russia would be involved in the hacking. He said President Putin was strong and powerful in his denial.