Mueller report: Obama failed to stop Russian interference efforts for years
While Democrats continue to try to find something on President Donald Trump in the Mueller report, they’re overlooking a major revelation in the report.
The report confirms that the Obama administration knew about Russian attempts to meddle in American elections as early as 2014 but “did nothing” to stop it, CNN contributor and former Bush aide Scott Jennings wrote in an op-ed for CNN.
Jennings pointed out that Obama ignored the Russian efforts to interfere in U.S. elections through online misinformation campaigns and computer hacking.
“The Mueller report flatly states that Russia began interfering in American democracy in 2014. Over the next couple of years, the effort blossomed into a robust attempt to interfere in our 2016 presidential election. The Obama administration knew this was going on and yet did nothing. In 2016, Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice told her staff to “stand down” and “knock it off” as they drew up plans to “strike back” against the Russians, according to an account from Michael Isikoff and David Corn in their book ‘Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,'” wrote Jennings.
That was about all that was done until late December 2016.
Before December 2016, Obama was working on the Iran deal, for which he needed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s support.
Rather than upset Putin, Obama appears to have chosen to more or less ignore what the Russians were doing, Jennings argues.
This continued during the 2016 election because Obama did not want to appear to favor Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
The bottom line during that time was the Obama administration knew the Russians favored a Trump presidency over a Hillary Clinton presidency.
This created a win/win for Obama. If Hillary wins, great. If not, let’s go after Trump for collusion and try to have him removed from office.
After the election, we now know Plan B kicked into high gear. The only problem for Obama and company, though, was that the Trump administration never did anything wrong.
To save face, Obama had put some sanctions in place against Russia, but they were window dressing and nothing more.
The sanctions in place did very little to punish Russia and most pundits agreed they weren’t enough.
As Democrats continue their witch hunt against Trump, it is high time Obama answers just one simple question… why did you allow this to happen on your watch?