Imagine, for a moment, that you're Barack Obama in August 2016. Then on Friday, the Washington Post published bombshell revelations: Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in the meddling, and Obama knew about it since August 2016.

But it went further.

The house intelligence committee is waiting to receive fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's memos and is planning a meeting next week with Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta, whose emails were hacked.

More so, he was waiting for "a high-confidence assessment from US intelligence agencies on Russia's role and intent".

But it would be roughly two months - not until October 7, 2016, as Feinstein and Cardin pointed out in their letter - before the Obama administration publicly declared that the Russian government was behind the hacking of the DNC and other Democratic groups.

Trump is facing severe pressure from all grounds for sacking two important diplomats and expressing his doubts over special council Mueller, who is investigating Trump for his alleged Russian influence.

Those reasons included partisan squabbling among members of Congress, initial skepticism by other intelligence agencies about the CIA's findings and an assumption that Clinton would win the election and follow up.

But the Post's interviews with former senior Obama administration officials reveals the pain, now among some of them, that more was not done to punish Russian Federation.

In December, the Obama administration closed two Russian diplomatic compounds and expelled 35 Russian diplomats, in addition to imposing limited new sanctions.

The former American president also approved the planting of cyberweapons in Russian infrastructure, so that these could serve as "digital bombs" to be used in response to Russian activities, according to the Post. But, Obama didn't take any significant actions against the same.

Obama did deliver a series of warnings to Putin, which those closest to Obama believe helped stop the Russians from meddling further in the election, such as sabotaging the United States voting system. And they have cross-checked it before they give it to us. "A total hypocrite!" he tweeted on May 3, "I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russian Federation, and lying about it", he continued in a second tweet.

While the Bloomberg report confirmed that the Obama administration did have knowledge of the hacking, the White House was ultimately unwilling to risk public confidence in the election's integrity. "I feel like we sort of choked".

Trump has shown no inclination to revisit the matter and has denied any collusion or obstruction on his part.

Sen. Ron Wyden expressed disappointment Friday that the administration wasn't more aggressive. "But I know that when- at that time President Obama and his administration took action", said Manchin.

President Donald Trump is faulting his predecessor's handling of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. The Kremlin should have paid a much higher price for that attack.


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