Trump accuses Obama of Russian Federation meddling claim inaction

Doug Mendoza
June 26, 2017

"The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russian Federation after being notified by the Central Intelligence Agency of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win and did not want to 'rock the boat, '" Trump said.

In a tweet Friday night, Mr. Trump wrote that Mr. Obama "knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia" and "did nothing about it". "Did nothing about it. WHY?"

Schiff's remarks came on the heels of an explosive Washington Post story detailing the Obama administration's struggle to hold Russian Federation responsible for its actions.

The Washington Post, in a behind-the-scenes account of the Obama response to reports of Russian meddling, said that amid confidence that Clinton would win and for fear of Obama being seen as interfering, the administration warned Moscow but left countermeasures for later. "Focus on them, not T!" he said in a Twitter posting to his 32.8 million followers. In December, Obama ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention in the election and to deliver a report before he left office on January 20. Government officials close to Obama came to his defense, saying that by late summer previous year, it was already too late to prevent the hacked material from spreading to groups like WikiLeaks.

ADVERTISEMENT Former President Obama seized the two diplomatic compounds and expelled at least 35 Russian diplomats last December when the administration learned that Russians might be meddling in the election, including potentially hacking voting machines. "They didn't want to hurt Hillary?", Trump tweeted.

He provided no explanation or evidence for why this would have helped Clinton. Anxious about making the situation worse, the administration put off retaliating, and instead delivered stiff warnings directly to the Russians not to go farther. He also ordered his deputies to safeguard the election and seek bipartisan support from congressional leaders to condemn Russia's actions.

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Complacency may have also undercut the administration's efforts to punish Russian Federation. He believed Mrs Clinton was going to win anyway, so it was best not to rock the boat. "I feel like we sort of choked".

Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation have received widespread attention and are now the focus of several investigations, including by a special counsel and two congressional committees.

"Donald Trump is in no position to complain here".

"Nothing like the extensive hacking effort and manipulation effort could occur without his involvement", the Oregon Democrat told CNN's Alisyn Camerota. Jeff Merkley said Friday on CNN's "New Day".

"We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russian Federation and Putin".

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