In defense, Trump seeks to redefine meaning of obstruction

An official from Obama's White House, who spoke on condition of anonymity, rejected Trump's criticism and noted that Obama had raised the meddling issue directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump added that Obama "didn't 'choke, ' he colluded or obstructed".

"This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent", said Jake Sullivan, a top Clinton policy adviser, soon after Trump's comments.

While there is no evidence that Russian Federation changed the counts of voting machines, the investigations into Russia's hacking and disinformation campaigns are still ongoing. "I should be given apology!"

"The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russian Federation after being notified by the Central Intelligence Agency of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win and did not want to 'rock the boat.' He didn't 'choke, ' he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good", he tweeted.

Spokesman Spicer suggested to reporters Monday that Obama administration officials should be made to answer "some serious questions about what they did or did not do in terms of acting" on the intelligence they received months before the election.

The Obama administration formally accused Russian Federation in October of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the November 8 election.

"It's pretty clear they [Obama administration] knew all along there was no collusion and that's pretty helpful to the president", Spicer stated. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press", Trump said in 2016.

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Johnson specifically cited Trump's repeated claims on the campaign trail that the system was "rigged" against him.

"The Obama administration did not tell the American people that Putin was behind this and did not tell the American people what Putin was trying to do, hurt Hillary Clinton, support Donald Trump", said Morell.

Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election and Trump has repeatedly called the investigations a witch hunt. I feel like we sort of choked" and another who claimed that, "The White House was mortified and shocked.

Also in January, a leaked dossier authored by a former MI6 agent alleged that Moscow had compromising materials on Trump that could be used to blackmail him. Yet, as the president's critics have pointed out, his tweets represent a tacit admission, for the first time, that Russian Federation did attempt to undermine Mrs. Clinton through hacking and the dissemination of fake news on social media.

Trump later mirrored a propaganda tactic the US intelligence community confirmed the Russian government utilized in its active measures: He tried to split the left by turning parts of it against one another.

President Obama kept a lid on the Russian hacking and disinformation because he didn't want to risk an escalation from Putin, the newspaper said.

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