Trump Just Went Off the Rails and Started Blaming Obama for Russia Hacking Election

President Donald Trump produced yet another morning rant on Twitter this morning, and in one particular tweet, he suggested that if Russian interference in our elections occurred, it was Obama’s fault, not his.

Trump also blamed the DNC for turning down help from security officials after hacking was discovered.

The tweets may be Trump’s way of deflecting blame in light of mounting evidence suggesting people close to him worked with Russia during his campaign.

But the blame seems to be misplaced: the fact that the meddling occurred under Obama’s watch, or that the Democratic Party rejected offers of help to fix breaches in their networks, would not undo any wrongdoing performed by an official working with Russian agents if that indeed happened. In other words, if Trump officials did work with Russia to influence the election’s outcome, neither of those claims against Democrats or Obama would matter.

The statement by the president also came about after Trump had said that former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson exonerated him in testimony, stating that there wasn’t any evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russian agents.

Johnson’s exact wording did not state that no grand scheme existed. Johnson didn’t see any evidence “beyond what has been out there open-source, and not beyond anything that I’m sure this committee has already seen and heard before, directly from the intelligence community,” he said. Johnson left Homeland Security in January.

Johnson did, however, state that Russian meddling of some kind had occurred. “In 2016 the Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation for the purpose of influencing our election — plain and simple,” he said.

Trump’s tweets suggesting that high officials are coming out and denying his administration’s involvement with Russia during the campaign are also being challenged by several sources in Washington, who are saying that Trump is asking them to do so.

Sources familiar with the closed-door testimonies of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers said that the two told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the president asked them to make such a public declaration. They refused to do so, calling the interactions with the president “odd and uncomfortable,” sources say.

The president’s insistence on top intelligence officials declaring publicly that he’s not involved with Russia meddling in the elections could possibly mean he’s pressuring them to do so as well. Trump also allegedly tried to get former FBI Director James Comey to make a declaration of loyalty to the president. Comey refused to do so, and after he also refused to shut down the investigation involving former NSA Director Michael Flynn’s connections with Russia, Trump fired him.



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