Explosive Washington Post Report Says Putin Directly Influenced US Election

"Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russian Federation a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it", Trump said in an excerpt of his interview that was released Friday. Did nothing about it.

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.

An aide to former President Barack Obama laid into lawmakers who decried the response of the previous administration following recent revelations the White House knew in 2016 about Russia's attempts to meddle in last year's presidential election, The Hill reported Friday.

Russian president Vladimir Putin gave specific instructions to damage the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump, the Washington Post has reported.

Trump fired off a series of posts ripping former President Obama's response to Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to sign a bipartisan statement about Russian meddling, some state election officials rejected offers of federal security help as a "federal takeover", and Trump charged the election was "rigged".

The administration did not impose sanctions on Russian Federation until late December 2017, some five months after the CIA's intelligence report was hand-delivered to the White House, according to the Post.

'We made the judgment that we had ample time after the election, regardless of outcome, for punitive measures, ' a senior administration official told the Post.

'And I hardly see it. "It's an unbelievable thing", Trump told Fox News, one of the promos of the interview showed. CBS News has confirmed that congressional investigators are looking into whether Trump campaign associates obtained information from hacked voter databases during the election. "I hope that we will be able to find common ground, so that we can understand each other".

After Trump's shock victory, there was regret among administration officials that they had shied from tough action.

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Trump has struggled to move beyond the multiple investigations into his campaign's potential Russian Federation ties.

"Even before I'd finished my school studies, I already wanted to be an intelligence officer", Putin said in the biography, adding that he had been attracted to the service by spy novels.

His latest tweets came as the Justice Department and at least four congressional committees continue to investigate Russia's alleged election interference, including possible ties between Russian Federation and members of Trump's campaign team.

"He's very, very good friends with Comey, which is bothersome", Trump told Fox News.

  • Leroy Wright