Trump says Obama "Did Nothing"

Once the election took the administration by surprise, the problem was left for incoming President Trump to deal with.

"Such attacks can not be tolerated and the United States must take immediate measures to ensure that those responsible are held to account", Sens. Obama chose not to take any action against Russian Federation until after the election, concerned that any strikes would be perceived as partisan and confident that Clinton would still win despite Russia's efforts.

Sanders pointed to comments Trump made at a January news conference, underscoring that he has not dismissed the idea that Russian Federation hacked the USA election but that he also believes "we also get hacked by other countries and other people".

It was only towards the end of Obama's term that a watered down report was published that revealed the extent of Russian interference in the electoral process.

"The White House was mortified and shocked", a former administration official said, recalling the reaction to Clinton's loss.

"It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend", a former top Obama official in on the Russian Federation discussions said, lamenting the actions ultimately taken against the Kremlin.

The latest revelations center on a critical piece of evidence that led US intelligence agencies to that conclusion.

The inauguration of President Trump did nothing to hinder the evolution of this program, the Post reports. Current and former officials describe the facilities as significant listening posts and centers of intelligence gathering, backing up concerns that they were part of the election interference infrastructure.

The Washington Post takes an in-depth look at how the United States investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 election unfolded, with a particular focus on the Obama administration's response.

In essence, the letter said that Putin had made specific instructions to "defeat or at least damage" Hillary Clinton's campaign and elect Donald Trump.

But it would be roughly two months - not until October 7, 2016, as Feinstein and Cardin pointed out in their letter - before the Obama administration publicly declared that the Russian government was behind the hacking of the DNC and other Democratic groups.

It wouldn't be the first time Trump used hacked information to his advantage.

States were also resistant to receiving federal cybersecurity assistance to reduce voting system vulnerabilities, and the administration was met by the same resistance in Congress. The White House expelled 35 diplomats, saying at the time they were targeted because of ongoing harassment of US personnel in Russian Federation.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that while the president doesn't think the election results were influenced by Russian Federation, he has "made it clear that we have to protect the integrity of the electoral process". He also, according to the Washington Post, authorised a plan to place cyberattack implants in the systems of critical Russian infrastructure.

"We made massive efforts so they couldn't do that", Blinken, who is now a CNN global affairs analyst, told the network's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour".

The CIA noted that Obama's series of warnings, "including one that Obama delivered to Putin in September", deterred Russian Federation from pursuing further attacks on USA voting systems.

The President also tweeted his concerns Friday night.

"What we saw, our thought we saw, after that, it looked like the Russians stopped their efforts", Blinken said.

  • Leroy Wright