House Democrat agrees with Trump: Obama should have acted on hacking

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The Post purports to give us the inside story on the collection of intelligence on Russian interference in the presidential election and serve up the apologetics explaining the Obama administration's passive response.

Conway was referring to a quotation in the article by a former senior Obama administration official involved in the Russian Federation discussions who said the Obama White House's handling of the Russian Federation hacking was "the hardest thing" for him to defend from his time in government, and added, "I feel like we sort of choked".

Appearing on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday morning, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, struck a combative tone, saying: "It's the Obama administration that was responsible for doing absolutely nothing from August to January with the knowledge that Russian Federation was hacking into our election. They didn't want to hurt Hillary?" According to the CIA intelligence, the interference came on the order of Vladimir Putin and furthered Putin's desire to aid the election of Donald Trump as president. The Obama administration publicly levied blame on Russian Federation for the DNC hack and the wider interference campaign just a few days after former Secretary of State officially suspended those talks. I didn't think it was enough to tell them after the election...

But he went on: "The American people needed to know".

"I think the Obama administration figured, we have to deal with the Russians in the Middle East and they didn't want the stuff with the hacking to interfere with that", said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. Dianne Feinstein of California, a top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, repeatedly pressed the administration to speak out about Russia's activity. Even after the US Department of Homeland Security made explicit claims of Russian hacking, Putin backed up Trump's claim that the allegations were without merit.

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"Wow, did we mishandle this", a former administration official told the newspaper.

Appearing Sunday on Fox News's "Fox and Friends", Trump said that if Obama had the information about Russian meddling, "why didn't he do something about it?" But you don't read that.

The Obama administration sanctioned 35 Russian diplomats by expelling them from the United States in response to the alleged hacking of emails from the Democrat Party severs in a bid to defame Hillary Clinton and influence the election.

Although the bill is now stalled in Congress, Schumer said he hopes House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., will help push it through, and he added that if the president vetoes it, he believes Democrats and Republicans will override the veto.

The New York lawmaker helped steer a bill through the Senate this month to toughen sanctions against Russian Federation and bar Trump from weakening them on his own. "We had to vet that with the intelligence community, but we took that step because we weren't succeeding in getting the administration to do it itself", Schiff said. "Obviously we've been dealing with a lot of other issues".

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