Russia's Putin: Top goal for journalists is 'do not offend'

Faith Castro
June 25, 2017

In a fresh salvo directed towards Barack Obama, incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed that the former president was aware of Russian meddling in the November 8 presidential elections, but did nothing about it. Did nothing about it.

The president has been quick to defend himself against any allegations suggesting his personal involvement with Russian Federation in terms of the election, tweeting that after months of investigation, there has been no evidence of "collusion".

The document release followed a report Friday by The Washington Post saying those "modest" remedies resulted from months on wrangling within the Obama White House after the Central Intelligence Agency presented definitive evidence of Russian hacking and other activities.

The intelligence briefings went on to suggest Putin's directions were meant to damage, or even potentially prevent Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton from defeating Trump in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Jeh Johnson, Obama's Homeland Security secretary, said Friday, "Our election infrastructure in this country is exposed". Obama Administration official said they "choked" when it came to acting on Russian meddling of election.

The Obama White House also issued repeated warnings to top Russian officials, including a direct warning by President Obama to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In an explosive investigative report, The Washington Post details how Obama and his aides struggled with when to release the highly sensitive intelligence because they feared being accused of attempting to influence the elections themselves.

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On Thursday he hinted towards it, saying, "By the way, if Russian Federation was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin".

By Saturday afternoon he tweeted again saying to focus on the Obama Administration and not "T".

Following that briefing, Mr. Trump said Russia's efforts had "absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election".

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

"We made massive efforts so they couldn't do that", Blinken told the cable news network. "WHY?" Trump tweeted Friday night.

Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to sign a bipartisan statement about Russian meddling, some state election officials rejected offers of federal security help as a "federal takeover", and Trump charged the election was "rigged".

Congressional investigators and special counsel Robert Mueller are investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump campaign officials, inquiries the president has called a "total scam", a "witch hunt" and a "hoax".

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