Top Democrat slams Obama administration's response to Russian hacks

Top Democrat slams Obama administration's response to Russian hacks

The Obama administration would not publicly say Russian Federation was attempting to interfere with the election until Oct 7, and the news of Mr Putin's attempts to aid Mr Trump would not surface until after the election.

Trump tells Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth in an interview set to air Sunday that he "just heard today for the first time" that former President Barack Obama "knew about Russian Federation a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it".

"He signed very early on a cybersecurity executive order and has an entire task force, they met just this week, and it's headed up by his homeland security adviser, taking into account what foreign governments may be doing", she said. "But the damage was already done". "It is an extremely hard problem".

Another Democrat, Senator Ron Wyden, a member of the intelligence committee, expressed similar disappointment.

"The American people needed to know, and I didn't think it was enough to tell them after the election but rather given the seriousness of this, I think the administration needed to call out Russian Federation earlier and needed to act to deter and punish Russian Federation earlier, and I think that was a very serious mistake", said the California Democrat on CNN's "State of the Union". Such matters should transcend politics, he added. Operation 45 "is dedicated to ensuring transparency and accountability for the Administration of Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States", the project's website says. "So we have to go back to countering Russian Federation disinformation". And they have cross-checked it before they give it to us. "This is a very serious issue".

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Conway - who reiterated the president's previous statement that while he believes Russian Federation was involved in 2016 meddling, "others are hacking, too" - also said that the president's commission on electoral integrity, which Vice President Pence is chairing, is part of the administration's effort to respond to the Russian Federation threat and that the White House is taking other steps, as well.

But last Friday evening, after the publication of The Post's article, President Trump demanded to know why Mr Obama had not done more to stop the meddling.

"The reality is, in two or four years, it will serve Vladimir Putin's interest to take down the Republican Party", Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger told CNN. "If we weren't upset about it, we have no right to complain in the future".

He would add that "the administration needed to call out Russian Federation earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russian Federation earlier and that was a very serious mistake". "He had a specific goal to defeat Hillary Clinton".

"You've got everyone saying that there is no nexus, that not a single vote was changed and we're going to stand by that", Conway added. "It had nothing to do with interference".

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