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New documents reveal Democrats urged Obama to respond to Russian hacking — but chose to do nothing for months


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New documents revealed Friday that former President Barack Obama was urged by Democratic senators in late 2016 to take action against Russia for their apparent cyber meddling in the 2016 election, but failed to do so for weeks.

According to documents obtained by Operation 45, a pro-government transparency organization, Democratic Sens. Diane Feinstein (Calif.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) wrote to then-President Obama in Nov. 2016 urging him to take action against Russia for alleged election meddling.

“We are writing to urge a direct and proportionate response to the Russian Federation’s state-sponsored cyberattacks on the United States’ democratic institutions and the 2016 electoral process. Such attacks cannot be tolerated and the United States must take immediate measures to ensure that those responsible are held to account,” they wrote in a letter to Obama on Nov. 1.

The letter was released last Wednesday after Operation 45 submitted a Freedom of Information Act request.

The letter states that the Department of Homeland Security and the director of national intelligence became certain by Oct. 7 that Russian officials were behind the explosive document dumps by WikiLeaks that plagued Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

According to the letter, only the most senior Russian officials could have orchestrated the cyber meddling.

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Pay no attention to the man behind the hacking...

 

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