President Donald Trump and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) now agree that former President Barack Obama bears significant blame for Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Trump noted in tweets early Sunday.
“Finally, Liddle’ Adam Schiff, the leakin’ monster of no control, is now blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election. He is finally right about something. Obama was President, knew of the threat, and did nothing. Thank you Adam!” Trump tweeted Sunday.
“Now that Adam Schiff is starting to blame President Obama for Russian meddling in the election, he is probably doing so as yet another excuse that the Democrats, lead by their fearless leader, Crooked Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election. But wasn’t I a great candidate?” Trump added.
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians in connection with 2016 election interference.
In addition, Rosenstein said, “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity” of swaying the election in Trump’s favor.
Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told NBC News on Friday that the Obama administration should have established a “more forceful deterrent” and “should have called [the Russians] out much earlier.”
Trump, for once, agreed with Schiff.
“I think that others around the world watched that and determined that cyber is a cost-free intervention,” Schiff said. “We should have called them out much earlier.”
“While I respect the motive in terms of the Obama administration, they didn’t want to be seen as meddling — the American people had a right to know what was going on and could be trusted to do the right thing with it,” Schiff added. “And they should have defended being more public and aggressive at the time, at least in my view.”
It’s no secret Trump and Schiff see eye to eye on very few issues. After Trump declassified the House Intelligence Committee’s GOP memo alleging that anti-Trump bias within the Department of Justice and the FBI led to the surveillance of the president’s campaign associates, Schiff blasted Trump when he refused to declassify the Democrats’ memo until it had been stripped of sensitive information.
The president also insisted in a tweet Sunday that he “never said Russia did not meddle in the election” at all, adding, “I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.'”
“The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia — it never did!” Trump tweeted. “If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the committee hearings, investigations and party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their a***s off in Moscow. Get smart America!”
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