Top Democrat slams Obama administration’s response to Russian hacks

Top Democrat slams Obama administration’s response to Russian hacks

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.

Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on former President Barack Obama accusing the former president of failing to act on Russian “meddling” during the election past year.

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 USA intelligence agencies.

Some of the hacks exposed emails from the Democratic National Committee that showed the party’s top officials disparaging the grassroots campaign from Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator who challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. That came on October 7. Even if one was inclined to embrace a “collusion” allegation as an explanation of Obama’s silence after August, no matter how nonsensical it might be, that’s a might big post-election choke.

Until Friday, Trump has remained vague about whether he believes the Russians meddled. At the same time, however, Obama’s decision to remain mute may have hurt Clinton. “I feel like we sort of choked“.

“Focus on them, not T”, the president wrote on Twitter. Clinton was way ahead in the polls.

After Trump’s shock victory, there were strong regrets among administration officials that they had shied from tough action.

The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, but Trump administration officials have been working to weaken the House version.

In September 2016, FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Judiciary Committee that the FBI was investigating Russian hackers attempting to disrupt the 2016 election and that federal investigators had detected hacked-related activities in state voter-registration databases, which independent assessments determined were soft targets for hackers. Still, their meddling represented a serious attack on America’s democracy, whose protection must be given the highest priority at all times. He questioned the administration for not stopping the Russians.

“Why no action?”, the president asked in the first of two tweets Saturday evening that suggested the Obama administration didn’t do enough – and soon enough – to stop Russian Federation past year. Possibly. But Obama’s a savvy, artful politician. Exposing their schemes would put the president at risk of altering the candidates’ level playing field.

“The CIA gave him information on Russian Federation a long time before they even – before the election”, Trump told Fox News.