Trump Acknowledges Russian Election 'Meddling' in Tweet Criticizing Obama
- Author: Michelle Webb Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 0:39
Mr Trump said Mr Obama had learned well before the 8 November poll about the accusations and "did nothing".
In a flurry of weekend tweets and a prerecorded television appearance, Trump said his predecessor failed to act after the Central Intelligence Agency informed him in August that Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally ordered an operation to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton in the November election.
The alleged meddling is the subject of high-level investigations in the US.
At least some of the 35 diplomats were suspected to be gathering intelligence and having a role in the election interference, reported the outlet.
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. They came in late December, well after the election. "As brazen as the Russian attacks on the election seemed, Obama and his top advisers feared that things could get far worse", adds The Post.
As one senior Obama official told the Post, "I feel like we sort of choked", which Trump would quote in his tweet. That cyber weapon was never used, and is now under the jurisdiction of Trump for release.
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"Throughout his presidency, Obama's approach to national security challenges was deliberate and cautious". He alerted state officials, warned Russian Federation and attempted (unsuccessfully) to fashion a bipartisan response with Republicans in Congress. According to The Post, Obama and his team "worried that any action they took would be perceived as political interference in an already volatile campaign". The US Presidential Election was held in November past year that declared Trump as the victor.
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The correspondence, reported on by BuzzFeed Friday, was part of a release of government records sought by Operation 45, a transparency project, in the course of Freedom of Information Act litigation filed against several US intelligence agencies. "Did nothing about it. WHY?"
He repeats the argument in an interview with Fox News, which will air on Sunday. He should have done something about it. But you don't read that.
Trump suggested the media has unreported the story, while has rigorous pursued allegations that his team colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 race, in which he upset Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied interfering in Mr. Trump's election.
While Schiff was critical of the former president, he also noted that President Donald Trump is in "no position to complain here" since he "openly egged" the Russian to hack Hillary Clinton's emails.
But the president insists his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation and that his firing of Comey did not obstruct justice. The alleged meddling lies at the center of the on-going probe involving the firing of ex-FBI director James Comey.
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