Key Democrat agrees with Trump: Obama should have acted on hacks

President Donald Trump on Sunday stepped up his criticism of Barack Obama’s response to concerns Russian Federation was trying to disrupt the 2016 election, and some Democratic lawmakers agreed, with one calling the former leader’s handling of the threat a “serious mistake“.On Saturday, Trump said on social media: “Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action?” Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) repeatedly tried to get the Obama administration to do so.This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.On Wednesday, Jeh Johnson, who was Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security during last year’s election, was asked by members of Congress about the timing of the administration’s response – specifically why the voting public was not informed about what Russian Federation was up to until the fall of 2016. “They didn’t want to hurt Hillary?”, Trump tweeted.However, Schiff also said in the CNN interview that Trump’s Tweet was a step too far.”We made massive efforts so they couldn’t do that”, Blinken, who is now a CNN global affairs analyst, told the network’s Kate Bolduan on “At This Hour”.”I think the administration needed to call out Russian Federation earlier, and needed to act to deter and punish Russian Federation earlier and I think that was a very serious mistake“, he said.This comes a day after a Washington Post report detailed how the Obama administration’s approach to take an action against the Russian Government for its attempt to meddle with and influence the Presidential campaign was slow and cautious and how it helped the bid to politically damage Hillary Clinton and swing the election in Trump’s favour. “I think that was a mistake”, Schiff said.”Donald Trump is in no position to complain here”, the California Democrat said.But after Trump’s shock victory in November, some Obama administration officials expressed regret at the lack of tougher action.Conway – who reiterated the president’s previous statement that while he believes Russian Federation was involved in 2016 meddling, “others are hacking, too” – also said that the president’s commission on electoral integrity, which Vice President Pence is chairing, is part of the administration’s effort to respond to the Russian Federation threat and that the White House is taking other steps, as well. “Focus on them, not T!” he said in a Twitter posting to his 32.8 million followers.Although the bill is now stalled in Congress, Schumer said he hopes House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wisc.) will help push it through, and he added that if the president vetoes it, he believes Democrats and Republicans will override the veto.