Obama Says Clinton Was Not 'Treated Fairly' During Election
- Author: Essie Rivera Dec 18, 2016,
Dec 18, 2016, 1:09
The president also said that he hoped that Trump, who takes office on January 20, should be similarly concerned about Russia's actions and that the investigation should not become "a political football" between Republicans and Democrats.
"The committee is vigorously looking into reports of cyber attacks during the election campaign, and in particular we want to clarify press reports that the Central Intelligence Agency has a new assessment that it has not shared with us", Nunes said. "No, I don't believe it at all". "And everything else was tempting because we wanted to do something and it sounded like the right thing to do but it was going to be impossible to do this on the cheap", he said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is supporting a Central Intelligence Agency assessment that Russian Federation intervened in United States elections, according to a Washington Post report quoting anonymous USA officials.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday that the president had known about the hackings prior to the election, but refrained from acting on it to avoid being seen as meddling in the election. "This was an obsession that dominated the news coverage", he said.
This particular concern around Russian hacking is part of a broader set of concerns about how the U.S. deals with cyber issues being used in ways that can affect the infrastructure, affect the stability of financial systems, and affect the integrity of institutions like election process, Obama said.
Obama's statement came as CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials sought to rebut claims that the agencies were at odds in their assessment of Russia's role in the attacks.
That lack of proof undercuts Democrats' strategy to portray Putin's involvement as irrefutable evidence of a directed Russian government plot to undermine America's democratic system.But the White House pointed to a USA intelligence assessment released publicly in October that asserted "only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities". Instead, the statement blamed "Russia's senior-most officials".
President Obama said the issue of Russian hacking the election should not be partisan, adding that he hopes the " president elect is going to similarly be concerned that we won't have potential foreign influence in our election process" going forward.
"Imagine if we had done the opposite", he said Friday. And he vows to retaliate "at a time and place of our own choosing".
Obama's comments come as Putin registered a major propaganda victory in Syria and became a focal point of American political debate.
Regarding specific acts of retaliation, Obama said some would be carried out publicly, but that in other cases, "the message will be directly received by the Russians and not publicized". But he came close to doing so by saying: "Not much happens in Russian Federation without Vladimir Putin". "The truth is that there was nobody here who didn't have some sense about what kind of effect it might have", Obama said. Obama, who has only a few weeks left in office, made clear any response to the hacks must be carefully thought through.
Trump has often said that he would like the USA to have a closer and more cooperative relationship with Russian Federation. "And so how we approach an appropriate response that increases costs for them for behavior like this in the future but does not create problems for us is something that's worth taking the time to think through and figure out".
Clinton's campaign chairman Podesta wrote an editorial published Thursday by the Washington Post criticizing the FBI's response to the alleged Russian hacking. She focuses on issues relating to intelligence, technology and civil liberties.