Awkward timing for Russia probe indictments

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre stands with US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania on the dias in the Quadrangle as they listen to the

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre stands with US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania on the dias in the Quadrangle as they listen to the

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a news conference at the Department of Justice, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Washington. From left, Assi

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks at a news conference at the Department of Justice, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Washington. From left, Assi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Awkward timing.

The Justice Department announced new indictments in the Russia probe Friday just as President Donald Trump was meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

Most cable news networks broke away from coverage of the royal pageantry to carry Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's announcement of indictments against 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the U.S. election.

The indictments come just days before the president is scheduled to hold a summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Rosenstein said: "The timing is a function of the collection of the facts, the evidence, the law and a determination that it was sufficient to present the indictment at this time."

He said he briefed the president earlier this week about the indictments, but declined to describe Trump's reaction.