'Collusion' and 'obstruction' kept Obama from acting on claims of Russian interference

Kristopher Drake
June 29, 2017

"It's the Obama administration responsible for doing absolutely nothing from August to January with the knowledge that Russian Federation was hacking into our election".

That, essentially, was White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's stated position on one of the most stunning remarks of President Donald Trump's campaign - in which he called for Russian hackers to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails. "With 4 months looking at Russian Federation under a magnifying glass, they have zero "tapes" of T people colluding". "But nobody wants to talk about that".

The charge comes as a special prosecutor investigates whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation and reportedly whether Trump obstructed in that investigation.

David Ignatius, also of The Washington Post, said the White House was slow to act because of resistance from Republicans and that the Obama administration did take action by expelling 35 Russians and closing down their compounds. Democrats "have no policies or ideas", Trump wrote.

"The administration needed to call out Russian Federation earlier, and needed to act to deter and punish Russian Federation earlier", Schiff said on CNN's State of the Union.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., agreed in an appearance Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation". "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press".

At the same time, Peskov said that "unfortunately, no specific decisions have been made yet in this connection". "We all know that", Spicer said.

"I believe that Russia will be ready to agree to the format that will suit the United States, and vice versa", Peskov said when asked about the format of the protocol meeting between the Russian and USA leaders.

"What was known back in August and once it was verified and cross-checked should have been made public". Johnson also told the top Democrat on the committee that he had been concerned a year ago that he would be criticized "for perhaps taking sides" in an ongoing election if he publicly spoke out about the Russian meddling that he knew was going on. "That wasn't done", Manchin said.

The Post said that the administration response was tempered by fears that Putin would react to harsher measures by escalating the crisis.

"Russia is not our friend".

The BuzzFeed report about the letters came the same day as a Washington Post report that provided a look inside the Obama administration's response to and decision-making about Russian Federation. So have both chambers' Republicans been silent albeit they would, like usual, only pretend to be concerned and thereafter create obstacles when an investigation might be initiated, not even make a strong effort for stopping Russian assaults against USA.

"Of course they'll meet", said Stewart - and when they do, Trump "needs to flex his muscle".

In March, Putin flatly denied involvement, saying, "Read my lips: No".

A number of congressional panels, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller, are investigating Russian interference in the election and any links to the Trump campaign. In addition to his critics in Washington, Trump has also been dealing with the majority of the mainstream media who continue to hold his feet to the fire, with many well-respected news outlets and government agencies releasing information that contradicts the president's defense.

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