Trump White House Blames Obama Administration for Failing to Stop Russia Collusion in 2016 Election

Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, pictured last week, said Sunday that the Obama administration was “responsible” for the failure to stop Russian meddling in the 2016 election. (Alex Brandon/AP)

The White House blamed the Obama administration Sunday for failing to tackle possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election, sticking with a new strategy to fault President Trump’s predecessor for an issue currently facing the president himself as part of a widening FBI probe.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday morning, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, struck a combative tone, saying: “It’s the Obama administration that was responsible for doing absolutely nothing from August to January with the knowledge that Russia was hacking into our election. They did absolutely nothing. They’re responsible for this.”

Then, referring to a Washington Post story last week that chronicled in detail the intense debate within the Obama White House on how to handle the mounting threat posed by Russia to the United States’s democratic process, she said: “I have a hacking question for the Obama administration: Why did you, quote, choke, in the name of one of their senior administration officials? Why did you do nothing? Why didn’t you inform candidate Trump?”

Conway was referring to a quotation in the article by a former senior Obama administration official involved in the Russia discussions who said the Obama White House’s handling of the Russia hacking was “the hardest thing” for him to defend from his time in government, and added, “I feel like we sort of choked.”

But despite the nation’s intelligence agencies having hard proof that Russia — and not any other country or entity — did, in fact, meddle in the 2016 presidential elections, Trump repeatedly seemed to fault everyone but Russia.

During the first presidential debate, Trump acknowledged that Russia could be behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, but added, “But it could also be China, but it could also be lots of other people, it could also be someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?”

And, as president-elect, after being definitively briefed by the intelligence chiefs that Russia was behind the hacking and had tried to interfere in the nation’s Democratic process, Trump finally conceded in his first post-election news conference that, “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia.”

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Ashley Parker