Since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report to the public on Thursday, the Obama administration is coming under fire for its alleged non-handling of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election, and President Donald Trump is joining in.
He called out former President Barack Obama for not being prepared to thwart Russian interference in a late Thursday tweet, writing, “Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing!”
Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
The president isn’t the only one calling out the Obama administration. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) knocked the Obama administration last month after Attorney General William Barr’s summary revealed there were attempts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
At the time, he called Obama “apparently insufficiently prepared to anticipate and counter these Russian threats.”
“Now that the entire Mueller report has been released, it’s clear how much President Obama and his administration completely dropped the ball on Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign. Well before the 2016 election, the Obama admin was aware of Russia’s intentions to interfere in the 2016, and decided to do absolutely nothing about it.”
According to them, the Obama administration was aware of Russian interference as early as 2014.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign took a victory lap with the report’s release, claiming Trump was “fully and completely exonerated” and noting that “it’s time to investigate the liars who instigated this sham investigation,” as IJR Red reported:
“Now that the collusion and obstruction conspiracy theories have been exposed for the pathetic hoaxes they always were, the Obama-era DOJ and FBI must answer for their misdeeds and the scam that they perpetrated against the American people. Justice will be served.”
Mueller’s report noted that the Russian government sought to interfere in the 2016 election, but it concluded that there was no assistance by the Trump campaign to the Russian government.
“While the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges,” Mueller wrote in the final report.
He added that investigators “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”