"Since the Obama administration was told way before the 2016 election that the Russians were meddling, why no action?"
"The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russian Federation after being notified by the Central Intelligence Agency of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win and did not want to 'rock the boat, '" Trump said.
During an interview on CNN's "New Day", Jen Psaki, former White House communications director, pushed back against the characterization that the Obama administration didn't do anything to respond to the Russian meddling.
Schiff said he had to contest Trump's comments, given that the president had "openly egged the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton's emails" and Obama didn't want to "play into the narrative" by Trump that the election was going to be rigged.
The Washington Post published a lengthy investigation of how the Obama administration had handled discoveries that the Russians were attempting to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
After months of internal wrangling, President Barack Obama announced in late December measures that the Post described as "modest" - including the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the closing of two USA compounds.
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In an interview with United States film director Oliver Stone, Russian leader Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia or any other country is incapable of influencing presidential election in the US. "This led to two things: President Obama issued a very stark warning to President Putin in September at the G-20 conference in China". Obama also authorized the planting of cyberweapons in Russia's infrastructure in a measure that was still in its planning stages when he left office, according to The Post report.
"Nothing like the extensive hacking effort and manipulation effort could occur without involvement", Oregon Sen.
"We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russian Federation and Putin".
Surprisingly, there's been no interest or concern from President Donald Trump regarding the possibility of hacking the USA elections. "He had a specific goal to defeat Hillary Clinton".
Though some staffers of the former president reportedly believe the Obama administration could have been more aggressive in its response to the threat, others stand by his actions.
Schiff added: "I think the administration needed to call out Russian Federation earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russian Federation earlier, and that was a very serious mistake". And to treat Putin as an ally and a friend is wrong. "If they are patriotic, they contribute in a way they think is right, to fight against those who say bad things about Russia", Putin told reporters at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum earlier this month.
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