Obama told Putin to "stop, or else" over election tampering
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 6:15
A new report from the Washington Post details the Obama administration's struggle to effectively warn the US public of Russian hackers lurking about in the voting systems of many states, not to mention the Wikileaks dump and DNC hack.
Even so, Trump continues to deny that Russian Federation was involved in the 2016 election, calling it a Democratic "hoax" and "scam" on Twitter on Thursday. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia's aim of sapping confidence in the system.
Evidence of Russian meddling mounted as the election neared. And then: "I feel like we sort of choked". Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dismissed the intelligence and said he would not support the Obama administration's assertion that Putin was trying to subvert the election.
And that President Barack Obama approved planting cyber weapons inside critical Russian systems ready to activate if Putin didn't "cut it out". Obama confronted Vladimir Putin in person during a meeting of world leaders in China this past September, the report says, and his administration even sent Russian Federation a warning through a secure channel originally created to help the two countries avoid a nuclear strike.
Since his win, however, Trump has repeatedly downplayed Russia's alleged meddling in the election.
Trump also acknowledged Thursday that he had not recorded his conversations with James Comey, the FBI director he fired amid the Justice Department's investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation.
Thursday's revelation came a day ahead of a deadline to turn over any tapes to the House Intelligence Committee.
The inauguration of President Trump did nothing to hinder the evolution of this program, the Post reports.
At the White House on Friday, press secretary Sean Spicer said a meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin is possible on the sidelines of the G20. As of now, the sanctions Obama placed on Russian Federation remain. "From national security people there was a sense of immediate introspection, of, 'Wow, did we mishandle this?'" The FBI's investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, is underway and, to date, no formal accusations have been leveled against Trump or his team.
In the Russian Federation investigation, Congressional probes continue. The ultimate objective of the entire campaign was to make sure that #Donald Trump ended up becoming the President.
President Donald Trump's senior staff, energized by recent Republican wins in SC and Georgia, urged the president not to talk about the Russian Federation investigation during his Wednesday night speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, one top official told NBC News. In short, Trump said it was because he didn't want a "poor person" in charge of the nation's economy. It was one of President Obama's final acts, inking authorization for the NSA, CIA and U.S. Cyber Command to develop "implants" that could give Russian Federation a taste of their own medicine after they were found to have interfered in the U.S. election.