Rep. Adam Schiff: Obama should have done more on Russia

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But it went further. The intelligence shocked the White House and put United States security chiefs on a top-secret crisis footing to figure out how to react.

More so, he was waiting for "a high-confidence assessment from USA intelligence agencies on Russia's role and intent".

Just last week, Bloomberg confirmed that hackers working for Russian military intelligence were trying to take over the computers of 122 local election officials just days before the November 8 election.

If Trump really did not believe that Russian Federation was behind the attacks, then his actions could have been justified in a court of law.

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

In December, the Obama administration closed two Russian diplomatic compounds and expelled 35 Russian diplomats, in addition to imposing limited new sanctions. 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.

Merkley and other Democratic lawmakers said Russian Federation used extensive methods in the cyber campaign, including 1,000 trolls, hacking and bots to generate fake messages on social media.

Other Obama administration officials defended their efforts to counteract Russia's activities. They note that by August it was too late to prevent the transfer to WikiLeaks and other groups of the troves of emails that would spill out in the ensuing months. "The President was clearly warned of what was going on, yet instead of fighting back, putting up protective mechanisms, he deflected attention elsewhere, blamed Democrats for the 'Hoax" and continued to push his administration to ease the very punishments that Obama placed on Russian Federation right before leaving office. I don't look at Russian Federation.

The Illinois Republican, who serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said Republicans must take the intelligence about Russia's involvement in the election very seriously to protect future elections.

An Obama official told the newspaper: "I feel like we sort of choked".

Trump has shown no inclination to revisit the matter and has denied any collusion or obstruction on his part. The most pressing question now, however, is not what Mr Obama did.

Trump voiced concern on Friday about what he said was the close relationship between former FBI director James Comey and Mueller, who was named to take over the Russian Federation investigation after Trump fired Comey.

Russia's electoral commission said opposition leader Alexei Navalny can not run for president next year because of a corruption charge, Al Jazeera reported Saturday. The Kremlin should have paid a much higher price for that attack.

For months, Trump has called Russian meddling fake news.

Trump fired off a series of posts ripping former President Obama's response to Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Most agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the issue.

The Post said that as soon as the intelligence on Putin came in, the White House viewed it as a deep national security threat.

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