Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Donald Trump wants to know why Obama didn't do more about Russian meddling. He should ask Mitch McConnell.
Obama tried to do something about Russian meddling but was blocked by Mitch McConnell. Last year, The Washington Post reported that McConnell "voiced skepticism" when presented with intelligence by the FBI suggesting that Russia was trying to undermine Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. Because of McConnell's intransigence, the Obama administration decided not to go public with the information, fearing that it would just lead to a partisan squabble and accusations that it was trying to influence the election on Clinton's behalf. (That said, it's unclear whether the Obama administration would have intervened if it thought that Clinton losing was a serious possibility.)
The Obama administration could have done more to publicize Russian interference in the 2016 election, sure. But it failed to act because of partisan pressure from Republicans.
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