Just before Donald Trump’s absolutely mind-boggling joint press conference from Russia, he offered his first public response to special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers. Tweeting from one of his Scottish golf resorts, Trump once again tried to dodge the questions over his nonchalance regarding the hacking of the Democratic National Committee by batting the problem back to… former President Obama.
The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didn’t they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2018
A few months ago, new information was released by the CIA concluding that Russia interfered with the US Presidential election to help Donald Trump win. What also became clear was that Mitch McConnell (R – KY) actively worked toward to keep this information masked. More specifically, he attempted keep the CIA from releasing the information by threatening to blame the Obama White House of playing a game of partisan politics.
According to the Washington Post:
“Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.”
Our intelligence agencies knew what happened. It wasn’t a conspiracy, nor a product of the biased left-wing media. It’s actual US intelligence agencies saying they know it happened. That didn’t stop McConnell, however:
“The Democratic leaders in the room unanimously agreed on the need to take the threat seriously. Republicans, however, were divided, with at least two GOP lawmakers reluctant to accede to the White House requests.
According to multiple officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.
Republicans in the briefing also seemed opposed to the idea of going public with such explosive allegations in the final stages of an election, a move that they argued would only rattle public confidence and play into Moscow’s hands.
McConnell’s office did not respond to a Washington Post request for comment. After the election, Trump chose McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, as his nominee for transportation secretary.
Elaine Chao is now the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.