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Thu Jun 6, 2019, 02:52 AM

Why Did The Obama Administration Ignore Reports Of Russian Election Meddling?



During her hour-long interview last week of Attorney General William Barr, “CBS This Morning” journalist Jan Crawford focused mainly on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump. She also, however, questioned Barr on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) efforts to ensure that Russian attempts to interfere in our elections are not repeated in 2020.

This revealed the attorney general is probing a second scandal of the Obama administration related to the 2016 presidential election. Or it would be regarded as a second scandal if it garnered more attention: Why the Obama administration failed to forcefully respond to intelligence of Russian interference in our elections.


The DOJ has “an increasingly robust program that is focusing on foreign influence in our election process, with the FBI obviously taking the lead,” Barr told Crawford. But not enough was done in 2016, Barr acknowledged.

“Bob Mueller did some impressive work in his investigation, you know, identifying some of the Russian hackers and their influence campaign and you sort of wonder if that kind of work had been done starting in 2016, things could have been a lot different,” he said. Crawford replied, “It’s just hard to understand why it wasn’t taken more seriously.” Barr agreed, saying he had no idea why it wasn’t. “That’s one of the things I’m interested in looking at as part of my review of the Russia collusion investigation,” Barr stressed.

With people warned as early as April 2016, “I’m wondering what, exactly, was the response to it if they were alarmed. Surely the response should have been more than just, you know, dangling a confidential informant in front of a peripheral player in the Trump campaign,” the attorney general told Crawford before she moved to another topic.

Pay Attention to Barr’s Remarks There
On further analysis, it becomes clear that Barr’s remarks hold more significance than the brief mention Crawford’s interview. First, Friday’s interview is not the only time the attorney general raised the issue of the Obama administration’s failure to launch a robust response to Russian attempts to interfere in our election. Barr also raised the issue last month when testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


During those hearings, Sen. John Cornyn (D–Texas) noted that Mueller’s report “accumulated evidence indicating that the Russian government—through intelligence agencies and internet research organizations, such as the IRA—began as early as 2014 to undermine and sow dissension in the 2016 presidential elections.”

In response to questions concerning his efforts to protect the country from a repeat in 2020, Barr commended Mueller’s efforts—“impressive work,” he called it—”in moving quickly to identify and address the Russian elements involved in the election interference.” The attorney general then added: “I was thinking to myself if that had been done in the beginning of 2016, we would have been a lot further along.”

Barr’s comments also should not be considered in isolation. When considered in tandem with several aspects of the Spygate investigation, it suggests the Obama administration habitually ignored Russia’s efforts to affect the election, opting instead to target Trump and the Trump campaign, transition team, and administration.

Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee highlights one such example: The attorney general confirmed his understanding that the Obama administration had failed to provide Trump a defensive briefing before January 2017, to inform him of “what the Russians were trying to do and advise him to tell people affiliated with his campaign to be on their guard and vigilant about Russians efforts to undermine public confidence in the election.”


“I can’t fathom why it did not happen, if you’re concerned about interference in the election,” Barr told the senators. With three former U.S. attorneys involved in the campaign, “I don’t understand why the bureau would not have given a defensive briefing,” the attorney general testified.

More Interesting Threads Appear
Last week, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R–Texas), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, added more texture to the attorney general’s testimony, telling Fox News that during an August 17, 2016 defensive briefing of candidate Trump, “He wasn’t warned about a Russia investigation that Peter Strzok had opened 18 days earlier.”

In a follow-up report, Catherine Herridge revealed the campaign was not specifically warned about Russian outreach to the Trump team during the August 2016 briefing, “nor did the FBI warn him that two campaign aides, Mike Flynn and George Papadopoulos, were already under FBI investigation.” The since-fired Strzok also served in dual roles at this time, Herridge reported—both as “a central coordinator for the FBI on the defensive briefing” about Russian activities and as the lead investigator of “Russian outreach to Trump campaign aides.”

The Obama administration’s failure to brief Trump on the investigation into individuals connected to his campaign for suspected collusion with Russia is but a part of the problem. The FBI also failed to promptly interview George Papadopoulos and Papadopoulos’ supposed Russian connection, Joseph Mifsud, even though the FBI claims it launched the investigation into the Trump campaign in late July based on Papadopoulos’s purported foreknowledge of the WikiLeaks hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) server.


Specifically, the FBI first interviewed Papadopoulos in January 2017, and Mifsud the following month—sixth months after the start of Crossfire Hurricane. To paraphrase Barr: I don’t understand why the bureau would not have expeditiously questioned, at a minimum, Papadopoulos if they were so alarmed by his contact with a supposed Russian agent.

Why Such a Lax Response?
Testimony by former National Security Council Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel provides further evidence of the Obama administration’s lax response to Russian interference. During questioning by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Daniel admitted to telling his team during a morning staff meeting that they had been told “to stand down,” from their planned response to the Russian hacking and that his directive drew a terse response: “Why the h-ll are we standing down?”

While Daniel admitted he received a stand-down order, he told the committee that there was a “larger context” that could be discussed in the classified session. He added that not all activities concerning Russian interference ceased at that point. Instead, the cybersecurity unit shifted in the September and October timeframe to assist states in protecting the electoral infrastructure. But the cyber response was “put on the backburner.”

The release of notes a State Department official took during her October 2016 meeting with dossier-author Christopher Steele also shows the Obama administration’s flatfooted response to Russian interference. “The Russians have succeeded in placing an agent inside the DNC,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec wrote based on Steele’s supposed intel.

In his dossier, Steele also highlighted concerns that the Russians had “a dossier of compromising material on Hillary Clinton,” including “bugged conversations” and “intercepted phone calls.” Yet, to date, there has been no mention of the Obama administration investigating either claim—something one would expect in a robust investigation of Russian interference.

While most of these examples connect to Spygate and suggest the Obama administration and career DOJ and FBI employees inappropriately targeted the Trump campaign, that is but half the scandal. The corollary consists of the Obama administration’s reckless handling of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and its decision to prioritize a sting of the Trump campaign over fighting foreign influence on the electorate. Even those who reject Spygate as a conspiracy theory should see the Obama administration’s ineffective response to Russia’s meddling in our elections as a scandal.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/06/04/obama-administration-ignore-reports-russian-election-meddling/



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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2019, 03:00 AM

1. The Obama administration's lax response to Russian "interference," if interference

happened at all, was probably because they expected it to help Hilda.

I know I'm in a minority here, but I don't think the Russians had a damned thing to do with our elections of 2016; I still think it's just a lame excuse invented by Democrats and primitives to cover up that they ran a lousy campaign.

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 6, 2019, 03:17 AM

2. I would say....

You are exactly right

People who watch CNN and MSLSD are going to be shocked when the indictments begin...the media will scream that Trump is making it all up to become a Dictator

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 6, 2019, 07:59 AM

6. Yep, if anyone made their decision based upon some facebook ads...

...those people have proven themselves not smart enough to be voting...driving a car...owning a firearm...working at walmart...etc.

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 6, 2019, 10:12 AM

8. Im not sure that is exactly it.

I think that the Obama administration didn’t think it would have a significant impact on the outcome (and they might have been right about that), that Hillary was going to win anyway, and they didn’t want people to start questioning the integrity of the election.

When Trump suggested it MAY not be completely honest, there was an all out attempt from The Obama administration, Hillary, and the media to go after him for even suggesting the idea.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2019, 06:20 AM

3. What Obama said about claims of Russian interference:

“There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections, in part because they’re so decentralized and the numbers of votes involved,” Obama said.

“There’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that there are instances in which that will happen this time,” he continued. “And so, I ‘d advise Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.”

Trump as recently as Tuesday morning maintained that the election is rigged, even attacking Republicans during an interview with conservative radio host Mike Gallagher for breaking with him on his baseless claims.

“One of the great things about America’s democracy,” Obama said, is that the U.S. holds “a vigorous, sometimes bitter, political contest” in which the loser congratulates the winner.

“That’s how democracy survives. Because we recognize that there’s something more important than any individual campaign, and that is making sure that the integrity and trust in our institutions sustains itself because democracy, by definition, works by consent, not by force,” he said. “I have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place.” - Barack Obama 10/18/2016

https://nyti.ms/2n3l1Kh


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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2019, 06:42 AM

4. I heard the theory that they were negotiating Iran deal and wanted Russia's support on that.


I LOVE this quote from AG Barr ... "just, you know, dangling a confidential informant in front of a peripheral player in the Trump campaign"


With people warned as early as April 2016, “I’m wondering what, exactly, was the response to it if they were alarmed. Surely the response should have been more than just, you know, dangling a confidential informant in front of a peripheral player in the Trump campaign,” the attorney general told Crawford before she moved to another topic.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2019, 07:09 AM

5. The answer is easy

Obama employed the Obama Doctrine regarding Russian meddling, just as he employed it in every other situation

.What is the Obama Doctrine?

That was his method of problem solving. Since he didn't have a fucking clue what to do, He simply did nothing, and hoped the problem went away. And if it didn't go away, there was always another president after him to fix it.


He employed the Obama Doctrine alot.



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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2019, 09:12 AM

7. Obama didn't care because it was obvious that Hillary was going to win and continue his "legacy"

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