Trump lashes out at Obama over latest report on Russian election meddling
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 19:42
The Trump administration has taken little meaningful action to prevent Russian hacking, leaking and disruption in the next national election in 2018, despite warnings from intelligence officials that it will happen again, officials and experts told NBC News.
Parroting tweets he's sent out the past couple of days, Trump indicated to Hegseth that this was the first time he had heard that President Barack Obama knew about the interference before the election.
This comes a day after a Washington Post report detailed how the Obama administration's approach to take an action against the Russian Government for its attempt to meddle with and influence the Presidential campaign was slow and cautious and how it helped the bid to politically damage Hillary Clinton and swing the election in Trump's favour.
While Trump has insisted Obama could have done more, others have suggested he could not aggressively intervene without appearing to be influence the election in Hilary Clinton's favour.
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.
The Obama administration imposed sanctions in December on two Russian intelligence agencies over their alleged involvement in hacking political groups during the election, but those sanctions were too little, too late, Schiff said. He even went as far as to attack Democrats such as Senators Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi because they had been photographed in the past with Putin and/or his associates.
"Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russian Federation".
Putin's visit came after the US Treasury Department on Tuesday blacklisted 38 individuals and entities and two Russian government officials for their alleged roles in the Ukrainian crisis.
A former top official in the Obama administration told the Post that it was hard for him to explain what happened, adding that the administration "sort of choked" in their bid to arrest the situation. Additionally, they counseled Obama to consider "expanding the use of secondary sanctions" and "taking proportional cyber responses beyond sanctions that would shine a direct spotlight on those responsible for the cyberattacks". "They didn't want to hurt Hillary?" Trump tweeted later Saturday. "The President was clearly warned of what was going on, yet instead of fighting back, putting up protective mechanisms, he deflected attention elsewhere, blamed Democrats for the 'Hoax" and continued to push his administration to ease the very punishments that Obama placed on Russian Federation right before leaving office.