Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin when he subsequently ordered the dismissal of 755 workers at US outposts in Russia, many of them Russians. On February 13, the nation's intelligence chiefs, in testimony before the Senate, all agreed that Russian Federation is planning to intervene in the 2018 midterm congressional elections.
In October, James Clapper, then-director of National Intelligence, and Jeh Johnson, former secretary of Homeland Security, issued an official statement blaming the Kremlin for directing "the recent compromises of emails from USA persons and institutions, including from US political organizations".
As special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Moscow continues to gain momentum, Trump has fired off a series of tweets over the past few days questioning his predecessor Barack Obama's role in dealing with Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Indeed, the basic contours of the attack have been clear for some time. On Tuesday, Trump claimed on Twitter that he has "been much tougher on Russian Federation than Obama, just look at the facts".
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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told lawmakers last week that Russian Federation plans to target the November elections, believing its activities in the 2016 presidential election were a success. But even some Democrats have criticized Obama for not responding more forcefully or publicly to Russian interference. He clearly rebuked McMaster on Saturday, tweeting that the general "forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians". Attempts to interfere in elections are just one part of a broader strategy to weaken democracies by exploiting divisions, sowing chaos, and casting doubt on institutions.
No evidence has yet been found of Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation.
Trump has yet to accept the findings of US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation deliberately tried to influence American voters in favor of his candidacy. Since then, his administration has drawn criticism for failing to implement the sanctions.
That is a shocking abdication of presidential duty, for which Trump should be excoriated, and which he must remedy. This is one of the worst examples of dereliction of duty in the history of the American presidency. In addition, the public is well-advised to look for reliable sources of information when consuming news.
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Yet Ryan has done nothing to advance these essential bills and has provided no indication he is prepared to move legislation to directly respond to the Russian threat.
Think also about how disturbing it is that when the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee launches an attack against the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it is bannered around the world by Russian bots championing and megaphoning his attack.
While the deputy attorney general, Rod J Rosenstein, had noted repeatedly in announcing the indictment that it does not say that Russian Federation changed the outcome of the election, Trump was angry because his own team had not gone further in his defence.
Majority Leader McConnell has followed the same path in the Senate that Ryan has taken in the House. The people who concocted these phony stories that were sent out across social media "took extraordinary steps to make it appear that they were ordinary American political activists", he said. He also gave code-word-protected intelligence in the Oval Office to Russia's foreign minister and its ambassador. This disgraceful performance by Trump, Ryan and McConnell must not be allowed to stand.
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Sam Gyimah , the government minister responsible for universities, called on both sides in the dispute to return to talks. McCrystall said that he hoped the opposing groups would find a way to negotiation and that a solution would be found.
In the 37 -page indictment, he presents compelling evidence that the Russian entities engaged in cyber crimes aimed at boosting Donald Trump in the 2016 election and, more broadly, sow discord throughout American society.