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Trump: Why Didn't Obama 'Do Something' About Russian Meddling?

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By    |   Monday, 19 February 2018 05:32 PM

President Donald Trump on Monday griped about his predecessor's inaction on Russia's 2016 election meddling, asking why then-President Barack Obama did not "do something" when he had the chance.

Trump tweeted:

The new jibe comes after a weekend flurry of presidential complaints that downplayed Russian interference and attacked the FBI for its focus on the investigation.

The tweetstorm was unleashed in the wake of the indictments Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller of 13 Russians for their activities to interfere in the election and aid Trump's campaign.

Last month, former Vice President Joe Biden said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., stopped the Obama administration from speaking out about Russian interference in the 2016 campaign by refusing to sign on to a bipartisan statement of condemnation, CBS News reported at the time.

"Mitch McConnell wanted no part of having a bipartisan commitment that we would say, essentially, Russia is doing this — stop," Biden said. "Bipartisan, so it couldn't be used as a weapon against the Democratic nominee of a president trying to use the intelligence community . . ."

It was a "constant tight rope" of determining what to do with that information in the weeks leading up to the election, Biden said, adding the Obama administration learned more about Russian interference after Nov. 8, 2016.

"So the bottom line was, it was tricky as hell," Biden said. "It's easy now to say, 'well, maybe we should have said more.'"

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