Schiff: Obama should have done more on Russia

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Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

At this stage, the extent of Russian involvement in the US election was starting to become clear. But recent reports have suggested that the Trump administration may be considering returning those facilities to the Russian government.

But at the highest levels of government, among those responsible for managing the crisis, the first moment of true foreboding about Russia's intentions arrived with that CIA intelligence.

However, according to the Post, other intelligence agencies only adopted the CIA's position at a later date.

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The report, which features three-dozen high-level officials, confirms what many Democratic lawmakers already believed about Putin, Sen.

Appearing on CNN's State of the Union, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that President Barack Obama should have acted more aggressively before the election to call out 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 Post's report said members of the CIA had presented its findings to Obama and a number of his senior aides at that time, prompting Obama to secretly authorize intelligence members to plant cyber weapons in Russian Federation infrastructure, which was considered the "digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow". But, Obama didn't take any significant actions against the same.

And that President Barack Obama approved planting cyber weapons inside critical Russian systems ready to activate if Putin didn't "cut it out". "I feel like we sort of choked", a former Obama administration official told the paper in describing those deliberations. "They are kind of on the offense, and we're not pushing back", Mr. Vickers told NBC News.

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Some administration officials look back on the Russian Federation period with remorse. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said this week he had never addressed the matter with Trump. "But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people".

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

It's no surprise that now that the pressure is on, Trump is looking to point fingers in any direction, especially towards his favorite scapegoat - Obama.

While Putin's popularity remains high, nearly three years of economic decline have plunged millions into poverty and the Kremlin is sensitive to allegations of high-level corruption. The briefing included classified details of Russian efforts to harm the Clinton campaign and bolster Mr. Trump.

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Through his tweet, Donald Trump pretty much confirms speculations about hacking that occurred during last year's election.

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