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Trump accuses Obama of inaction over Russian Federation meddling claim

26 June 2017

"They didn't want to hurt Hillary?", Trump tweeted.

Trump appeared to be referring to a Washington Post story about the Obama administration's attempts to address Russia's influence attempts.

The President also tweeted his concerns Friday night and Saturday.

A former top official in the Obama administration told the Post that it was hard for him to explain what happened, adding that the administration "sort of choked" in their bid to arrest the situation.

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This comes after an Obama official told TheWashington Post newspaper the USA had failed to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin after learning of his intentions to meddle in the democratic process.

"As we have made clear to the Russian government and others, we will not tolerate attempts to interfere with the USA democratic process, and we will take action to protect our interests, including in cyberspace, and we will do so at a time and place of our choosing", the Obama administration told the two senators.

Mr Trump said Mr Obama had learned well before the 8 November poll about the accusations and "did nothing".

"Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russian Federation a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it", Trump said in a "Fox and Friends" interview.

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The reports hinted that Obama only meted light punishment to Russia such as; shutting down two Russian compounds, expulsion of some diplomats, and lightly considered economic sanctions. Another measure, the planting of cyberweapons in Russia's infrastructure, was still in the planning stages when Obama left office. You've just been informed by the Central Intelligence Agency that Vladimir Putin has ordered a wide-ranging effort to disrupt the U.S. presidential election.

"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.

He repeats the argument in an interview with Fox News, which will air on Sunday.

"The reality is, in two or four years, it will serve Vladimir Putin's interest to take down the Republican Party", Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told CNN.

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United States media say special counsel Robert Mueller is also investigating Mr Trump for possible obstruction of justice over the Russian Federation inquiries.

Trump accuses Obama of inaction over Russian Federation meddling claim