Trump accuses Obama of Russian Federation meddling claim inaction

Russian President Vladimir Putin left speaks with then U.S. President Barack Obama in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province on Sept. 5 2016 in the midst of last year's presidential race

Donald Trump has for the first time acknowledged Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election and blamed Barack Obama for "choking" instead of confronting the issue. "Did nothing about it. WHY?"

The CIA notified Obama in August of previous year that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the campaign to interfere in the election, according to the Post.

According to the Washington Post, the Obama administration is believed to have found out about the hacking allegations in August 2016, but it has been speculated officials were wary of releasing the information to the public for fear of themselves being accused of interfering.

The President also tweeted his concerns Friday night and Saturday. They didn't want to hurt Hillary?

Mr Trump himself is now questioning why Mr Obama didn't do more - a curious position given that he recently described the Russian Federation hacking story as a Democratic "hoax".

As he has with other newsmaking events, Trump used the article to argue that a months-long focus by the media, Congress and federal investigators on his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation has been misdirected.

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Trump, however, raised his own theories, tweeting: Obama Administration official said they "choked" when it came to acting on Russian meddling of election.

"Nothing like the extensive hacking effort and manipulation effort could occur without his involvement", the Oregon Democrat told CNN's Alisyn Camerota.

"He had a specific goal to defeat (Democratic nominee) Hillary Clinton and that explains the huge coordinated effort from the botnets to the trolls", Merkley added.

Also speaking Friday morning on "New Day", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway dismissed the idea that Russian Federation influenced the 2016 presidential election.

Since Wednesday the Obama administration's response has increasingly come under scrutiny in dueling congressional hearings held by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, in a bombshell report by the Washington Post and in the disclosure of correspondence between two Democratic senators last fall and Obama's State Department first reported on by BuzzFeed.

Rep. Adam Kinginger tweeted: #Russia is a problem & they attacked our democracy.

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