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Mueller indictments: Congressional candidate asked Russian operatives for info on opponent

A U.S. congressional candidate contacted Russian operatives in 2016 and successfully obtained damaging stolen information on their opponent.

The indictment of 12 Russian intelligence operatives filed Friday by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE stated that "a candidate for the U.S. Congress" who was not named in the filing contacted Russian operatives posing as the hacker "Guccifer 2.0" and requested information stolen from the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) email server.

"The conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate's opponent," the filing reads.

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The court filing does not name the candidate involved in the information transaction or their party affiliation.

On Aug. 15, 2016, the date Mueller's indictment suggests the request was made "on or about," the Guccifer 2.0 blog posted a stolen Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) memo.

The memo points out possible vulnerabilities in the campaign of Annette Taddeo (D), who at the time was facing former Rep. Joe GarciaJose (Joe) Antonio GarciaOvernight Defense: Biden honors McCain at Phoenix memorial service | US considers sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo and Iraq | Senators press Trump on ending Yemen civil war Biden pays tribute to McCain at emotional memorial service Mueller indictments: Congressional candidate asked Russian operatives for info on opponent MORE (D) in a heated Florida Democratic primary to challenge incumbent Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloDems see blue 'tsunami' in House as Senate path narrows GOP spokeswoman says Republicans will lose House seats in midterms Cook Political Report shifts 7 more races towards Dems MORE (R) in the 2016 election cycle. 

Parts of the stolen document specifically note Taddeo's fundraising difficulties and praise Garcia's name recognition. Garcia won the primary later that month and lost to Curbelo in the general election that November.

Friday's indictments were the latest in the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election cycle and brought the total number of people indicted under the investigation up to 32.

None of the indictments so far have accused the Trump campaign of collusion with Russia, though several former members of the campaign have been brought up on unrelated charges.