Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

In tweet attacking Obama, Trump says Russia tried to influence election


President Donald Trump said Monday morning that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, "colluded or obstructed" in regards to Russian interference in the US election.

"Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia", Trump wrote on Twitter.

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.

President Putin has repeatedly denied any Russian interference into the presidential election.

Obama also seized two Russian diplomatic facilities in NY and Maryland that could be used for espionage in the U.S. in retaliation for Russia's interference.

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The report details months of deliberation about how to respond to Russia's actions, including plans to place cyberweapons inside Russian infrastructure that could be used in case of an escalation. "It's an incredible thing", Trump continued.

Trump has called the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian officials a "witch hunt", and former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee the president asked him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russians. This morning, Donald Trump tweeted out his own interpretation of events - and scoffed at the notion that Obama "choked".

Trump was apparently referring to a Friday report in the Washington Post that detailed the Obama's administration effort to deal with the election crisis. Certainly, any disclosure that the Russians favored Trump over Clinton would potentially harm the Republican candidate.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, said that as the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election continue, it's important to note that Russia is not an ally. But you don't read that.

Trump hit out in a flurry of weekend tweets and a televised interview following the Friday publication of the behind-the-scenes account by the Post. Government officials close to Obama came to his defense, saying that by late summer a year ago, it was already too late to prevent the hacked material from spreading to groups like WikiLeaks.

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The U.S. intelligence community on October 7 accused Russian Federation of hacking into the email systems of "US political organizations", but did not say the effort was made to aide Donald Trump or hurt Hillary Clinton.

Trump continued his tweetstorm, writing that the ongoing investigations into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation had not produced public evidence of collusion by his "people".

And then: "I feel like we sort of choked".

Donald Trump had the support of Moscow in his denial of the foreign power's meddling in the United States elections.

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