‘I Do Believe They Waited Too Long’: Democratic Rep on Obama’s Response to Russian Hacking


Following the release of the unclassified report from the intelligence community on the Russian hacking as it relates to the election, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) appeared on CNN to discuss the findings.

The report, which says that Vladimir Putin directly ordered the effort to influence the election in an effort to help President-elect Donald Trump, also used troll operations to push fake news and utilized the Guccifer 2.0 persona to release hacked data.

Speaking to host Jim Sciutto, Schiff first noted that he felt Trump’s statement on his briefing of the report — in which the incoming POTUS said the actions had “no effect on the outcome of the election — was “demonstrably false” since the report didn’t go into the outcome of the election. He also stated that the dumping of “damaging material” to Hillary Clinton was “enormously consequential” on her campaign.

Switching to President Barack Obama, Sciutto wanted to know if Schiff thought the administration waited too long to act on the intelligence.

“I do believe they waited too long to act,” Schiff said. “And this was point that Senator Feinstein and I made when we released our own statement about the Russian involvement in the elections even before the intelligence community did.”

Late last month, Obama imposed sanctions on Russia over the hacking and ejected 35 Russian operatives from the United States. Trump reacted to those actions by saying it was time to move on to bigger and better things.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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