Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) criticized former President Barack Obama for his lack of response to Russian meddling during the election campaign.
Schiff was referencing a WaPo report.
From Free Beacon:
The Washington Post reported this week on Obama’s knowledge of the Russian interference and the administration’s efforts to secretly combat it during the election. Intelligence agencies told Obama in August that Vladimir Putin had authorized an extensive cyber effort to disrupt the race and try to help Donald Trump win.
However, Obama and some members of his team feared that publicly disclosing Putin’s efforts to help Trump would undermine the election results of a race they expected Hillary Clinton would win. In the end, Obama did not take punitive measures against Russia until after Trump won the election.
One official described it as the Obama administration ‘choked’ in response to Russia’s actions.
CNN host Dana Bash asked Schiff, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, if Obama had failed “in his duty to this nation.”
“I think the Obama administration should have done a lot more when it became clear that not only was Russia intervening but it was being directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin,” Schiff said, adding that he and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) repeatedly tried to get the Obama administration to do so.
Obama was too busy being ‘flexible’ to actually do anything about it, a common problem of his presidency.
And despite how they’re painting it now, he didn’t even think the ‘attack on democracy’ was worth his time to announce formally to the American people.
So either it wasn’t and they’re exaggerating it now because Trump won.
Or it isn’t and Obama should answer for why he did nothing.
Bash asked Schiff how much politics came into play and whether it should have been a factor at all.
“It was a factor, and it should not have been the most weighty factor,” he said. “I think they were concerned about being perceived as interfering in the election, trying to tip the scales for Hillary Clinton. I think they were also concerned about not wanting to play into the narrative that Donald Trump was telling that the election was going to be rigged, even though Donald Trump was talking about a completely different kind of rigging than foreign intervention.”
Source: Young Conservative