The Obama administration failed to stop Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election.
That’s a key point that media and Democrat bloviators have failed to acknowledge in the debate over the Mueller Report.
The Obama administration knew this was going on and did virtually nothing to stop it.
In 2016, Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice told her staff to “stand down” and “knock it off” as they drew up plans to “strike back” against the Russians, according to an account from Michael Isikoff and David Corn in their book Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.
The revelation comes surprisingly from Corn of Mother Jones, one of the chief proponents of Russiagate.
The Washington Post reported that a senior Obama official said the administration “sort of choked” in failing to stop the Russian government’s activities. Moreover, Obama’s ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, said, “The punishment did not fit the crime,” commenting on the inadequate sanctions after the 2016 election.
The Mueller report makes it clear that the Russian interference failure was Obama’s alone.
In 2010, he and Eric Holder, his Attorney General, declined to prosecute Julian Assange, who then went on to help Russia hack the Democratic National Committee’s emails in 2016.
Obama fumbled the U.S. approach to Russia’s backing of the Syrian government in that country’s civil war. He failed to adequately address the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Obama’s comments seem wholly inadequate and self-serving. “There have been folks out there who suggest somehow if we went out there and made big announcements and thumped our chests about a bunch of stuff, that somehow it would potentially spook the Russians,” he said. “I think it doesn’t read the thought process in Russia very well.”
At the end of the day, it was Obama himself who didn’t understand Russia and allowed it to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.
But the media and the Democrats don’t want to acknowledge who’s really to blame because it doesn’t fit the anti-Trump narrative.