Trump accuses Obama of prior knowledge about Russia's meddling

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Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladimir Putin's direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the USA presidential race.

Trump appeared to quote from a Washington Post report detailing the Obama administration's struggle to decide how to punish Russian Federation for its alleged interference in the USA presidential election.

The U.S. intelligence community on October 7 accused Russian Federation of hacking into the email systems of "US political organizations", but did not say the effort was made to aide Donald Trump or hurt Hillary Clinton.

A top Trump aide, Kellyanne Conway, was more blunt still. In an interview with Fox News program "Fox and Friends" that will air Sunday, Trump groused that Obama's response did not get more media coverage.

For some Democratic lawmakers, meanwhile, the bombshell report affirmed what they said they had long suspected. Just this week, White House staff could not say whether the president agreed with intelligence officials that Russian Federation had interfered in the election.

"There are a lot of good people in Russian Federation that don't have any say whatsoever", Manchin said on "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

"When they come and tell me something, whether it's the CIA., FBI., NSA., I take it as gospel truth because they're doing their job".

"Given the seriousness of this, I think the administration needed to call out Russian Federation earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russian Federation earlier, and I think that was a very serious mistake", he said. When evidence was clearly in front of us all, instead of taking a pro-active approach to putting an end to what may be the worst attack on American democracy since 9-11, he deflected and deflated the entire idea that Russian Federation was at all involved.

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It offers no other explanation or information. We knew there was a serious problem.

"Focus on them, not T", the president wrote on Twitter.

A U.S. official told the "Washington Post" the "implants" were being put in computer networks that were "important to the adversary". He should have done something about it. But you don't read that.

While Schiff criticized Obama, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer pushed back hard. According to multiple US reports, Moscow manipulated the election in an extensive manner by spreading fake news, hacking information and targeting polling stations all to help secure Trump's victory. So far, officials told the Post, they haven't seen any indication Trump has done so.

Trump voiced concern in a TV interview on Fox News on Friday about what he said was the close relationship between former FBI Director James Comey and Mueller, who was named to take over the Russian Federation investigation after Trump fired Comey.

Cooper went on to claim that as a candidate, Trump treated the threat of Russian hacking as a "joke".

A key congress committee is investigating allegations that Russian Federation and Donald Trump's campaign team collaborated to influence the 2016 USA election - claims the White House and Putin have repeatedly denied. "Obviously we've been dealing with a lot of other issues today".

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