White House answers Comey recordings request with Trump tweet

The report details months of deliberation about how to respond to Russia's actions, including plans to place cyberweapons inside Russian infrastructure that could be used in case of an escalation. It would be up to President Trump to decide whether to use the capability.

His comments followed an article in the Washington Post which said that Mr Obama learned last August of President Vladimir Putin's "direct involvement".

Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russian Federation. The president tweeted Thursday morning and Friday evening, apparently in response to questions faced by Johnson and the Post's reporting.

Obama eventually imposed a modest punishment, including targeted economic sanctions, the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from the USA and the seizure of two Russian diplomatic compounds.A special counsel and multiple congressional committees are investigating Russia's role in the election, as well as possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. She had pointed fingers at Russian Federation for both the hack of the Democratic National Committee and of her campaign chairman, John Podesta.

Deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity", while referring to the FBI's probe into Moscow's interference in last year's presidential polls, CNN reports.

At that point, the outlines of the Russian assault on the US election were increasingly apparent.

Others accused Obama for failing to sufficiently sanction Russian Federation once the election was over and the Trump administration was preparing to take power.

Tony Blinken, Obama's former national security adviser, defended the previous administration's response Friday to CNN, saying Obama took action to protect the electoral system itself from interference by the Russians.

He said Friday that Trump stands by his January comment that, "As far as hacking, I think it was Russian Federation", but that "we also get hacked by other countries and other people". In particular, the CIA had obtained intelligence from sources inside the Russian government by early August that captured the Russian leader's specific instructions to subordinates on the operation's objectives: disparage and seek to defeat the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton while helping to deliver the White House to Trump.

For months, Trump has called Russian meddling fake news.

The CIA's top-level intelligence also showed that Putin ordered the operation to damage the electoral chances of Trump's main rival Hillary Clinton, the newspaper said.

Obama, however, took modest measures at the end of December, expelling 35 Russians and adding to existing sanctions.

  • Leroy Wright