Obama official says they didn’t do enough about Russian election hacking: ‘We choked’ — Putin Decided Obama Was Weak and the Time Was Right for Russia To Get Involved in U.S. Election

Peace and Freedom

The administration was concerned that stronger actions would have been perceived as an attempt to influence the election

By Clark Mindock New York

The Independent

A former White House official has said that they think the Obama administration mishandled its response to Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

“It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend”, the official from Barack Obama’s White House told the Washington Post of his role in determining how the White House should handle their knowledge that the Kremlin was trying to undermine the integrity of the US electoral process. “I feel like we sort of choked”.

The Obama White House was notified about Moscow’s campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election was on orders from Vladimir Putin in August, but was hesitant to make that knowledge public, according to that investigation by the Washington Post.

This file photo taken on September 5, 2016 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meeting with his US counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou. (Photo by AFP)

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