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Senate report criticizes Obama administration handing of Russia election meddling

 

The Obama administration “was not well postured” to combat Russian election meddling and was constrained in responding by a heavily politicized environment in a volatile election year and other factors that inadvertently aided Moscow, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report. Jillian Kitchener has more.

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan Senate report released on Thursday criticized the Obama administration for failing to react quickly or thoroughly enough to counter Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

 

The administration "was not well postured" to combat the meddling and was constrained in responding by a heavily politicized environment in a volatile election year and other factors that inadvertently aided Moscow, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report.

 

The findings are significant in that minority Democrats joined majority Republicans in criticizing the Obama administration's handling of what the panel and U.S. intelligence agencies concluded was a Russian operation to sway the presidential vote to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump over his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

 

Two Democrats - Ron Wyden and Martin Heinrich - took the unusual step of appending to the report separate statements charging that the report lacked critical information on the Obama administration's decision to brief only eight senior congressional leaders on the Russian meddling.

 

"When the country is under threat, the government has a particular responsibility to provide all relevant intelligence to the full congressional intelligence committees," Wyden wrote.

 

The report determined that high-level White House meetings on the Russian operation were “atypically” restricted to a small circle of senior aides, excluding other key officials and subject matter experts.

 

The decision to restrict information about the Russian operation was a major theme throughout the 49-page report, the third issued by the panel on its investigation into Moscow's vote-meddling.

 

"The committee found that the decisions to limit and delay the information flow regarding the 2016 Russian active measures campaign, while understandable, inadvertently constrained the administration's ability to respond," the report said.

 

Russia has denied U.S. charges that it employed cyber hacking, disinformation, and other means to influence the election outcome in Trump's favor.

 

A report by former Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller into the Russian operation released in April 2019 found insufficient evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow in the election interference.

 

In a key finding, the Senate report said that the Obama administration's response to the Russian meddling was constrained by the heavily politicized environment in the United States and fears that public warnings would undermine confidence in the election outcome, "thereby inadvertently helping the Russian effort."

 

It also found that the administration was not properly prepared to counter the Russian meddling with "a full range of readily available policy options," and that the top White House national security advisors only learned of Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee's computers from news reports in June 2016.

 

(Reporting by Jonathan Landay; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Alistair Bell)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-02-07

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49 minutes ago, J Town said:

But . . . but . . . Russian meddling was supposed to be a hoax according to the current misadministration. You can't have it both ways. It either happened or it didn't (hint - it did).

It's been happening for years. But the phony story about it actually effecting the results are nonsense. So is the phony story about trump's being influenced by any Russians. 

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5 hours ago, howbri said:

The only Russia meddling was between Hillary and Putin when she paid for the fake Russian dossier after selling our uranium assets to Russia for cash for her "foundation". Hypocritical, corrupt windbag.

Right.  I'm sure you have a copy of the check Hillary wrote to Putin.

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" The administration "was not well postured" to combat the meddling and was constrained in responding by a heavily politicized environment in a volatile election year and other factors that inadvertently aided Moscow, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report. "

 

In other words, hindsight is 20-20. 

 

Now we know Russia has been interfering in elections, and will continue to do so.  What is this administration doing about it?

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17 hours ago, J Town said:

But . . . but . . . Russian meddling was supposed to be a hoax according to the current misadministration. You can't have it both ways. It either happened or it didn't (hint - it did).

J Town you are confusing meddling and collusion.  It is documented that the Russians had meddled in the election.  They had efforts that favored at times Clinton and at other Trump.  Some have theorized it was designed to throw discord into American politics which if that was its aim, it succeeded.  THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE that Trump colluded with Russia as part of any election meddling.  If there was any collusion it was between the Democrats and Hillary Clinton who paid through the law firm Perkins Coi for a dossier of dirt on Trump.  Perkins Coi hired Christopher Steele a former British spy who contacted Russian sources to write a dossier on Trump which was used by the FBI to get a FISA warrant to spy on Trump. 

 

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Of course the Democrats who rail against any interference by a foreign government in our elections had no problem when Obama used taxpayer money to try to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu who he hated.  The USA has continually interfered in other countries elections.  Who do you think put up the governments in the past in Cuba, Iran, Afghanistan, Panama, Vietnam to name a few. 



https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/12/obama-admin-sent-taxpayer-money-oust-netanyahu/

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20 minutes ago, Thomas J said:

Of course the Democrats who rail against any interference by a foreign government in our elections had no problem when Obama used taxpayer money to try to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu who he hated.  The USA has continually interfered in other countries elections.  Who do you think put up the governments in the past in Cuba, Iran, Afghanistan, Panama, Vietnam to name a few. 



https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/12/obama-admin-sent-taxpayer-money-oust-netanyahu/

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Fake assertion again.

There was no such intent by the Obama administration and no direct financing. They used a database one year after the grant expired. Moreover, the 2015 election was an early election which was not planned

 

"The report found no legal wrongdoing by the State Department, since the $349,000 in grants for OneVoice were used to further the Middle East process as intended. But shortly after Netanyahu called an election for 2015, the voter databases constructed with the grant money were activated for Victory 15, an unsuccessful effort to defeat Netanyahu.....

......Victory 15 used voter contacts and activists funded by the State Department grant for One Voice to oppose Netanyahu, the report finds, which was not prohibited because there was restriction on how the peace process infrastructure could be used after the grant expired in 2014."

https://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/state-department-grant-netanyahu-225414

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2 hours ago, Langsuan Man said:
7 hours ago, howbri said:

The only Russia meddling was between Hillary and Putin when she paid for the fake Russian dossier after selling our uranium assets to Russia for cash for her "foundation". Hypocritical, corrupt windbag.

Fake News

Not at all.  You'll find out soon enough.

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5 minutes ago, Tippaporn said:

Not at all.  You'll find out soon enough.

Which means there is currently no evidence. So It's fake news.

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1 hour ago, Thomas J said:

J Town you are confusing meddling and collusion.  It is documented that the Russians had meddled in the election.  They had efforts that favored at times Clinton and at other Trump.  Some have theorized it was designed to throw discord into American politics which if that was its aim, it succeeded.  THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE that Trump colluded with Russia as part of any election meddling.  If there was any collusion it was between the Democrats and Hillary Clinton who paid through the law firm Perkins Coi for a dossier of dirt on Trump.  Perkins Coi hired Christopher Steele a former British spy who contacted Russian sources to write a dossier on Trump which was used by the FBI to get a FISA warrant to spy on Trump. 

 

Since Trump is claiming that election interference was coming from the Ukraine as well (which is true) the Dems/libs are using bastardized reasoning to mean that he's thereby denying Russian interference.  Twisting logic and then insisting it's true anyway even when confronted that they're wrong.

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