Now that the entire Mueller report has been released, it’s clear how much President Obama and his administration completely dropped the ball on Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign.
Well before the 2016 election, the Obama admin was aware of Russia’s intentions to interfere in the 2016, and decided to do absolutely nothing about it.
Timeline of events:
The Obama administration knew in February 2014 that Russia sought to sow disinformation through social media to interfere in the election.
In July 2016, CIA Director John Brennan arranged an inter-agency sharing of information with top officials concerning the Russian election interference plans. By that time, officials in the Obama admin had “no question” that Russian state-sponsored hacking were behind the cyber-attacks and release of stolen Democrat materials.
Obama chose not to “strike back” because he wanted Russia to cooperate with the Iranian Nuclear deal.
After the 2016 election, Obama approved sanctions “so narrowly targeted that even those who helped design them describe their impact as largely symbolic” – a “modest package” of punishment for Russia’s interference.
It used to not be a partisan issue to criticize the Obama administration’s response. Rep. Adam Schiff said the “Obama administration should have done a lot more” about Russia’s actions. The Washington Post reported a senior Obama official described the Obama admin’s response to Russia as “the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend. I feel like we sort of choked.” And Obama’s ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said, “The punishment did not fit the crime.”
Bottom line: Not only did Mueller confirm that there was no collusion, we also learned the full extent of how much the Obama administration failed to act while Russia messed with America’s electoral process.