Following the CIA's findings that Russian Federation hacked into USA election software, in a bid to help Trump win the election, the Obama administration sought for ways in which to punish or sanction Russian Federation.
"Such attacks can not be tolerated and the United States must take immediate measures to ensure that those responsible are held to account", Sens.
The State Department wrote back to the lawmakers a month later, after Hillary Clinton's stinging loss to Donald Trump. "I feel like we sort of choked", a former Obama administration official told the paper in describing those deliberations. It's what the USA government does next.
The Trump administration has taken little meaningful action to prevent Russian hacking, leaking and disruption in the next national election in 2018, despite warnings from intelligence officials that it will happen again, officials and experts told NBC News.
The Post article recounts how Obama learned about the Russian intrusions and the administration's attempts to find support to make the information public. The article said sources deep within the Russian government had told Obama early last August that Putin was "directly involved in a cyber campaign to disrupt the election, injure Hillary Clinton and aid a Trump victory". This is about defending the integrity of our government & our election system.More news: SpaceX set to launch satellites from California air base
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Interviews with administration officials revealed that Obama directly confronted Putin over the allegations during a meeting of world leaders in China.
"I am troubled learning this new information, that the Obama administration didn't do more", the Oregon Democrat told CNN's Jim Sciutto on Friday. What we saw, or thought we saw, after that, it looked like the Russians stopped their efforts.
The FBI is investigating into the alleged meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign.
Trump's tweets Saturday were not his first this week in the vein of questioning the Obama's administration's response.
They involve the president's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey, who led one of the inquiries, and Mr Trump's alleged attempt to end a probe into sacked national security adviser Michael Flynn.