Trump Again Blames Obama for Russia Meddling Response

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"He did not attack Vladimir Putin or Russia", Smith reminded. Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

He said the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, California Rep.

It did not miss the attention of the Twitter-savvy president who stated that Goldman's thread supports his argument that there was "no collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia-linked meddling on social media.

Earlier, Trump promoted more creative theories.

In the wake of Friday's indictments of 13 Russian nationals by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Clapper said the next night on Anderson Cooper 360, "I think there are other shoes to drop here, notably the finances". That evening, he met with first responders, medical personnel and some victims. He also failed to promise to protect future U.S. elections - even though intelligence chiefs have warned that an attempt to disrupt November's midterms may already be underway.

"It is a direct outcome of these attacks for political reasons on the organization", Josh Campbell, a recently retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who is now a CNN law enforcement analyst, said Monday on CNN's "The Lead".

Trump has also repeatedly denied Russian Federation meddled in the election, only recently acknowledging some interference. I get a sense, though, that the partisan battle around Russian interference in the election will have some nasty, hard-to-reverse consequences.

Is it troubling that Russian Federation attempted to influence USA elections, and is trying again in the upcoming midterms?

In a December 2016 interview with Time, Trump said two things: He didn't think Russian Federation meddled, and that it might have.

President Donald Trump said on Sunday (Monday in Manila) that Russian Federation was succeeding beyond its "wildest dreams" in sowing USA discord but refrained once more from directly challenging Moscow on its election meddling. He said Sunday "they are laughing their asses off in Moscow'" at the lingering fallout from the Kremlin's election interference and that the Obama administration bears some blame for the meddling.

Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the US presidential campaign, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State in Washington on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U.S.

In addition to investigating Russian meddling in the election, Mueller is probing whether Trump has in several ways obstructed justice to undermine the investigation, including his firing of former FBI director James Comey, who was leading the agency's Russia probe at the time Trump ousted him. "Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!"

Rosenstein said the scheme involved setting up hundreds of social media accounts using stolen or fictitious identities to make it appear as if the accounts were controlled by individuals in the U.S. He said the defendants posed as politically active Americans and recruited "real Americans" to stage rallies and engage in political activities - although he added that those Americans did not know they were communicating with Russians. On Sunday morning he continued along those lines, stressing his 2016 victory.

President Barack Obama took heavy criticism in 2014 when he went golfing during a vacation just minutes after denouncing the militants who had beheaded an American journalist.