The last week has provided new reminders that the Obama administration dropped the ball when it could have tried to thwart Russian interference in the 2016 election when it looked as if Hillary Clinton would glide into the Oval Office.
"Donald Trump is in no position to complain here", the California Democrat said. "What I urged at the time was he should have spoken out to the American people and said, 'This is what Russian Federation is doing, '" Schiff said.
Obama did announce in December a series of sanctions against Russian Federation for its attempts to influence the November election, including expelling 35 suspected intelligence operatives from the U.S.
Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), another House Intelligence member, called the penalties "barely a slap on the wrist." Sen.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the Democratic minority leader, rejected Conway's remarks in an interview immediately after hers on the show, noting the Obama administration is "no longer in charge" and calling on the White House to support a bipartisan Senate bill that imposes additional sanctions on Russian Federation and Iran.
"Obama administration official said they "choked" when it came to acting on Russian meddling of election".
Trump said on Fox News Sunday that if Obama had the information about Russian meddling, "why didn't he do something about it?"
As President, Trump's claims that the Russian hacking accusations, validated by USA intelligence agencies, and allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russians are just a big hoax perpetrated by Democrats upset about losing the election have cast doubt on whether the White House intends to take any muscular action to punish the Kremlin or to shore up United States electoral defenses. "Why didn't they stop them?"
"The seminal event in a functioning democracy is an election, and the global implications of the results of a USA election are far reaching".
Fourth, given that the Russian Federation attack on our election was the most important attack on the United States since 9/11 - a point made clear by the Washington Post article the president is responding to - why in the world has Trump taken no action in response to the intervention he now admits happened?
Speaking to the global media this month, Putin denied that the Russian government had any role in meddling in last year's presidential election.
"One of the reasons they were reluctant to do more was the narrative that then-candidate Trump had that the election was going to be rigged". "And so we were concerned that, by making the statement, we might in and of itself be challenging the integrity of the election process itself". Trump tweeted, "It's all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!"
But Conway declined to say exactly what Trump was doing to ensure that election hacking by Russian Federation would not threaten future elections.
While Democrats appreciated Obama's sensitivity to the potential appearance of partisanship, they say the Russian influence campaign should have been treated like any other national security threat, without respect to politics. "This was the worst mess our democracy has been in since the Civil War", Swalwell said. Spicer answered, "He said Russian Federation probably interfered but maybe some other countries did as well".
Other Obama administration officials defended their efforts to counteract Russia's activities. "I think the Obama administration should have done more when it became clear that not only was Russian Federation intervening, but it was being directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin".
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. GOP leaders argued that talking publicly about the issue would sap confidence in the electoral system and cast doubt on whether the intelligence backed up White House claims, the paper said.
"He's very, very good friends with Comey, which is bothersome", Trump told Fox News.
Other former officials are less confident that Obama went far enough in his response.
The material was so sensitive that its distribution was limited to Obama and three senior officials, and was left out of the President's intelligence briefing, officials told the Post.