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DNC Official Donna Brazile: Obama's Sanctions 'Insufficient'

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By    |   Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 09:50 PM

President Barack Obama's sanctions Thursday against Russia for hacking during the 2016 presidential election are "insufficient" and "more must be done," said Democratic National Committee Interim Chair Donna Brazile.

"We applaud President Obama for taking these actions in response to the Russian government-sponsored cyberattacks on the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and our free and fair elections," Brazile said in a statement. "However, more must be done."

She said the "action alone by the White House is insufficient."

"Now, it's time for President-elect [Donald] Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress to put our national security before politics and show the American people that they are serious about protecting our democracy," she added.

President Obama announced executive orders expelling 35 Russian diplomats and closing two compounds in response to Moscow's interference in the election and for harassing U.S. officials.

In response, Trump said "it's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things" — adding he was meeting with U.S. intelligence officials next week to discuss the hacking situation.

The White House has said Moscow hacked into the accounts of the DNC and other party operatives.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton also complained of Russian meddling during the campaign.

"It has been widely reported that U.S. intelligence officials have a 'high level of confidence' that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in these attacks, even providing direction on how the stolen material was leaked," Brazile said.

"These intrusions were not just 'hacks,'" she added. "They were attacks on the United States by a foreign power and should be treated as such."

Brazile called for an independent congressional panel to investigate the Russian attacks.

"He must take the threat of foreign meddling in our elections seriously," she said of Trump, "and Congress has a duty to give the American people a full account of Russia's assault on our democracy."

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President Barack Obama's sanctions Thursday against Russia for hacking during the 2016 presidential election are "insufficient" and "more must be done," said Democratic National Committee Interim Chair Donna Brazile.
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