Why Didn't Obama Stop Russia Election Meddling?

A technician worked to prepare voting machines to be used in the upcoming presidential election in July 2016

They have not taken steps to prevent future cyberattacks on our elections by Russian Federation or other foreign adversaries.

Also Wednesday, President Trump again questioned why the former Obama administration is not under investigation for not stopping Russian election interference in 2016.

Robert Mueller released an indictment of 13 Russians for crimes related to their social-media campaign to meddle in our internal affairs in the run-up to and aftermath of the 2016 election.

And while Facebook and Mueller's indictment focus on the Russian Internet Research Agency, some in Congress have suggested there could be additional "troll farms" working to infiltrate US social media. President Donald Trump would do himself and the country a favor by frankly denouncing it.

Social media platforms, which are often used for political campaigns and by advertisers, have provided Putin with a powerful weapon to take Cold War KGB propaganda tactics from analog to digital.

If anything, the indictment outlines the numerous ways the Russian conspirators tried to suppress the vote for Clinton, particularly by encouraging minority voters to stay home on Election Day or vote for a third-party candidate.

When the news broke that Mueller's team was digging into Russia's operations, it threw one of the trolls into a panic: "We had a slight crisis here at work: the Federal Bureau of Investigation busted our activity (not a joke)". Just last week there was an incident that will be reported in the coming days and another way that this president was tough on Russian Federation. To believe Putin's claim of innocence is to believe in the tooth fairy. Trump supporters: As patriots, does this not trouble you?

The two men have had a bromance for quite some time.

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During his last two years in office, Obama also imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities for election meddling, kicked out 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Kremlin compounds in the United States.

Indeed, Trump's preposterous tweets that this "Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media" have been beaten to a pulp. On Tuesday, Trump claimed on Twitter that he has "been much tougher on Russian Federation than Obama, just look at the facts". By contrast, Clinton, former US secretary of state, was blistering in her condemnation of the Russian dictator and his henchmen.

But it was Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who reportedly rebuffed then-President Barack Obama's desire for Congress to issue a bipartisan statement condemning Russian interference just before the 2016 election.

Putin knew that Clinton's election as president would not be good for him or members of his cabal.

"He is a very flamboyant man, very talented, no doubt about that". That enabled them to connect from their headquarters in St. Petersburg and, using a virtual private network, post on Facebook and Twitter while appearing to be inside the United States. He is an absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it today. The official declined to name the countries, and wouldn't say if the countries in question included Turkey, which signed a deal previous year with Russian Federation for a sophisticated antiaircraft defense system. How can we not welcome that?

The 2016 presidential election, of course, wasn't that close, but it was a close one in the sense that if Hillary Clinton had garnered only 80,000 more votes (a small number compared to the nearly 66 million votes she did receive) in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, she would have won the election.

But we can not afford to view foreign attacks on USA democracy through a partisan lens. By going after Putin's wealth, which undoubtedly is squirreled away in banks around the world, including the USA and Switzerland.

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