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Mueller: Russians tried to hack Clinton accounts hours after Trump’s email remarks

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Russian military officers targeted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with hacking attempts within hours of then-candidate Donald Trump suggesting Moscow should find Clinton’s emails, according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report released Thursday.

“Within approximately five hours of Trump’s statement, GRU officers targeted for the first time Clinton’s personal office,” the report reads, referring to Russia’s military intelligence agency.

{mosads}The Russian officers sent malicious links to 15 email accounts linked to the domain of Clinton’s personal office, and the “investigation did not find evidence of earlier GRU attempts to compromise accounts hosted on this domain,” according to the report.

Trump faced backlash for his comments in the 2016 campaign when he called on Russia to track down Clinton’s emails.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Trump said at the time.

He later said the comment was sarcastic.

Mueller’s 448-page report says Russia sought to help Trump win the 2016 election, but that the Trump campaign did not coordinate with Moscow as part of its election interference efforts.

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