Top Democrat Slams Obama Administration's Response to Russian Hacks

Schiff, the top ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that Obama was hesitant to confront Russian Federation over its active measures campaign for fear of being seen as helping Hillary Clinton and of fueling Donald Trump's allegations that the election was being "rigged" against him.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, said that as the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election continue, it's important to note that Russia is not an ally.

The Obama administration would not publicly say Russian Federation was attempting to interfere with the election until October 7, and the news of Putin's attempts to aid Trump would not surface until after the election.

He said Mr Obama had learned well before the poll about the accusations and did nothing. "They didn't want to hurt Hillary?", Trump tweeted.

A top Trump aide, Kellyanne Conway, was more blunt still.

"He signed very early on a cybersecurity executive order and has an entire task force, they met just this week, and it's headed up by his homeland security adviser, taking into account what foreign governments may be doing", she said.

To cap things off, in a series of two tweets yesterday, Trump continued attacking Obama, even going as far as suggesting that the former President did not act on information, in an effort to prevent Clinton's chances at the Presidency from being damaged.

But one influential Democratic lawmaker joined in the criticism of the previous president.

A key congress committee is investigating allegations that Russian Federation and Donald Trump's campaign team collaborated to influence the 2016 U.S. election - claims the White House and Putin have repeatedly denied.

Schiff, D-Calif., in an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union", said the American people "needed to know" high-level Russian officials were attempting to interfere with the US election process. I didn't think it was enough to tell them after the election... "I think it's very important to show no nexus has been proven between what Russian Federation or any other foreign government tried to do in the actual election result", Conway said.

Another Democrat, Senator Ron Wyden, a member of the intelligence committee, expressed similar disappointment.

"The Obama administration should have done a lot more when it became clear that not only was Russian Federation intervening, but it was being directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin", he told host Dana Bash. Such matters should transcend politics, he added.

Trump was apparently referring to a Friday report in the Washington Post that detailed the Obama's administration effort to deal with the election crisis.

The Post said Obama issued four warnings to the Russians - including one he delivered directly to Putin - causing Moscow to pull back on possible plans to sabotage U.S. voting operations.

Trump's tweets Saturday were not his first this week in the vein of questioning the Obama's administration's response.

  • Larry Hoffman