President Obama’s decision to not act sooner on Russian election interference last year was “a very serious mistake,” says California Rep. Adam Schiff.
“I think the administration needed to call out Russia earlier, and needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier and I think that was a very serious mistake,” Schiff said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
Daily Caller reports,
Schiff, the top ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that Obama was hesitant to confront Russia over its active measures campaign for fear of being seen as helping Hillary Clinton and of fueling Donald Trump’s allegations that the election was being “rigged” against him.
“But both of those factors did not outweigh…the public’s need to know” about Russia’s hacking, said Schiff.
“The American people needed to know,” he added.
Obama’s response to Russia’s hacking became a hot topic of debate earlier this week after a Washington Post report revealing the inaction which gripped the Obama administration even after the intelligence community determined that the Kremlin was behind the cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign.
One administration official told The Post that the White House “sort of choked” with its weak response.
“I think the Obama administration should have done more when it became clear that not only was Russia intervening but it was being directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin,” Schiff said Sunday.
Schiff faulted Obama for not issuing a statement attributing the cyber attacks to Russian state-sponsored hackers. Instead, intelligence community officials released a statement in October tying the Kremlin to the attacks. Obama warned Russian president Vladimir Putin in private conversations in September to end its active measures campaign.
Despite that, Russia continued its attempts to infiltrate voter information in at least 21 states.
Sen. Grassley Rips Schumer To Pieces For Lying About Russia Investigation
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Slams Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) for misleading the public on the Russia probe. Grassley accused Schumer and other Senate Democrats of claiming President Trump was the target of the investigation when they had already been told he was not.
VIDEO: Chuck Grassley Slams Senator Schumer For Misleading The Public
Senator Chuck Grassley, the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, ripped Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday for misleading the public over the never-ending Russia-Trump witch hunt, saying Schumer “knew it wasn’t true” but helped fuel the “media hysteria” regardless.
Speaking before lawmakers, Grassley slammed Schumer’s months-long insinuation that President Trump was under FBI investigation. He even tried to use the rationale to stop the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee while knowing that no such investigation was taking place.
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“The truth finally came out. The FBI was not investigating President Trump in the Russia probe. So, the media was wrong. So, the Democrats were wrong. So, the wild speculation and conspiracy theories ended up harming our country, they played right into Russia’s hands.” Grassley said.
“Even after Mr. Comey told the gang of eight that the president was not under investigation, the Minority Leader told the media that the president was under investigation. And, of course that further helped feed media hysteria,” said the Senate Judiciary Chair. “The Minority Leader even tried to say that the senate shouldn’t vote on the supreme court nomination because the president was under investigation. And the whole time he knew it wasn’t true.”
Obama Secretly Set A War With Russia Into Action Before He Left Office
June 25, 2017 Mac Slavo
Barack Obama was either very secretively cunning, or someone in his administration was. Before there was an investigation into “Russian hacking,” which we’ve seen no shred of proof even happened, the former president ordered a retaliation against our Cold War foe, which could lead to war.
Before the tears of the saddened liberals dried after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president, Obama was at it with his “pen and phone,” determined to destroy any chance Trump had at being a success. Obama, who was upset that Hillary Clinton would watch Donald Trump inaugurated as president, decided to shift blame to Russia. He authorized a covert cyber operation to deploy “implants” in Russian networks that could be triggered remotely in retaliation to any future cyber aggression by Moscow, The Washington Post reported Friday.
Since we have yet to see any evidence that Russian hacked the election, and admission from intelligence officials confirmed that no votes were changed because of the fabricated “meddling” story, Obama’s ticking time bomb of cyberwarfare could blow up in our faces. After demanding the NSA infect Russian networks with the implants, he also made said implants difficult to remove. Should the Russian government attempt to undo the actions of the emotional temper tantrum by Obama, they will be extremely discomforted.
The implants, developed by the NSA, are designed to hit Russian networks deemed “important to the adversary and that would cause them pain and discomfort if they were disrupted,” a former U.S. official told The Washington Post. Note the use of the word “adversary,” almost as if Obama’s goal was to begin a war with Russia. And to make matters worse, “U.S. intelligence agencies do not need further approval from (President) Trump, and officials said that he would have to issue a countermanding order to stop it,” the Post reported. “The officials said that they have seen no indication that Trump has done so.”
These implants could be “activated” if Russia interferes with another election, which is code for: should Trump win re-election in 2020. They could also be used if Russia takes action against the United States, although there is no reason to suspect that they would. Vladimir Putin does not see the US as an enemy, so it appears that Obama is simply attempting to incite a war with the former Soviet Union. It’s not really a secret that Obama and Putin didn’t like each other.
Putin is coming out of this looking like the bigger man. He’s taken the evidenceless blame on his country with a grain of salt. Democrats and their warmongering leader, Obama, seem to insist on poking the Russian bear. Putin has so far, downplayed the retaliations against him, and his attitude regarding the media hysteria, which is leading to an another war, is actually cool and calm compared to those in our own government. Actions taken by Barack Obama during his term could result in a war with Russia, in which the left with blame on Donald Trump.