Trump: Obama 'Colluded or Obstructed' on Russian Interference

By Susan Jones | June 26, 2017 | 9:28am EDT
President Trump says his predecessor "didn't choke, he colluded or obstructed" after learning about Russia's attempted interference in the U.S. election -- months before saying anything about it. (White House photo)

( - In two tweets Monday morning, President Donald Trump said President Obama "didn't choke, he colluded or obstructed" after learning about Russia's attempts to interfere in the U.S. election.

"The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win.....and did not want to 'rock the boat.' He didn't 'choke,' he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good."

A few hours later, Trump issued two more tweets, saying:  "The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia.....under a magnifying glass, they have zero "tapes" of T people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!"




Trump was reacting to a June 23 Washington Post report that explained why President Obama was reluctant to let the public know what Russia was doing ahead of the election.

"It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend,” the newspaper quoted a former senior Obama administration official as saying. "I feel like we sort of choked." The Washington Post said the official was involved in the Obama White House deliberations on Russia.

The Post report said President Obama learned from the CIA in August about Russia's interference and Vladimir Putin's complicity: "The CIA breakthrough came at a stage of the presidential campaign when Trump had secured the GOP nomination but was still regarded as a distant long shot. Clinton held comfortable leads in major polls, and Obama expected that he would be transferring power to someone who had served in his Cabinet," the report said.

President Obama kept a lid on the Russian hacking and disinformation because he didn't want to risk an escalation from Putin, the newspaper said. The Obama White House "also worried that any action they took would be perceived as political interference in an already volatile campaign." Trump was already predicting that the eletion was rigged, but he wasn't blaming Russia.

The Washington Post said it wasn't until Dec. 9 -- a month after the election -- that President Obama ordered a comprehensive review by U.S. intelligence agencies of Russian interference in U.S. elections going back to 2008, with a plan to make some of the findings public.

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