Trump lashes out at Obama over latest report on Russian election meddling

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 26, 2017

"I feel like we sort of choked", a former Obama administration official told the paper in describing those deliberations.

Obama issued a number of warnings to the Kremlin before the election but only approved modest disciplinary action, including the expulsion of diplomats, closure of two compounds and narrow economic sanctions, according to The Washington Post. 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.

That apparent indifference, coupled with a failure to fill key federal agency jobs, has resulted in a government paralyzed by inaction when it comes to protecting the next election, experts and government officials told NBC News.

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.

The Obama administration first publicly announced Russia's alleged election meddling on October 7 but stopped short of saying that the efforts were aimed at helping Trump win. "Focus on them, not T", the president wrote on Twitter.

The report, which features three-dozen high-level officials, confirms what many Democratic lawmakers already believed about Putin, Sen.

Trump had earlier tweeted asking Obama the same question.

Since Wednesday the Obama administration's response has increasingly come under scrutiny in dueling congressional hearings held by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, in a bombshell report by the Washington Post and in the disclosure of correspondence between two Democratic senators last fall and Obama's State Department first reported on by BuzzFeed.

"He had a specific goal to defeat (Democratic nominee) Hillary Clinton and that explains the huge coordinated effort from the botnets to the trolls", Merkley added.

"I think President Trump was legitimately elected by people who voted for him, but this is a very serious issue about defending democracy and our country and integrity of the election system", he told CNN's David Gregory on "New Day".

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