President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg on Mueller report: 'Politically, I'm not sure it will change much' Sarah Sanders addresses false statements detailed in Mueller report: 'A slip of the tongue' Trump to visit Japan in May to meet with Abe, new emperor MORE blamed former President Obama for Russian meddling in the 2016 election in the aftermath of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s report, saying the previous administration took insufficient action to prevent the interference.
“Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected,” Trump tweeted Thursday evening.
Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
Mueller’s report detailed a complex, two-pronged effort by Moscow in which Russian agents sought to exacerbate political fault lines on social media with divisive posts and the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency (IRA) hacked and sought to disseminate Democratic documents and emails in an effort to embarrass Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.
The report also revealed that Russian officials made several outreaches to Trump campaign officials, though could the special counsel could not prove any Trump associates coordinated with any efforts to interfere in the 2016 race.
“Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Mueller wrote in his report.
Obama has faced some for how his administration handled Russian interference once he was made aware of the efforts.
"I think the [Obama] administration needed to call out Russia earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), then the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said in a 2017 CNN interview.
Reports have emerged that Obama did not take public action against Moscow for fear of injecting further partisanship in the 2016 election.