President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to accuse former President Barack Obama of having “colluded” with the Kremlin or “obstructed” the investigation into Russia interference.
In multiple tweets this morning, Trump seemed to be referencing a Washington Post report from Friday that revealed the CIA told Obama about alleged Russian meddling in the election as early as August 2016, but the administration didn’t say anything publicly until October. “I feel like we sort of choked,” an anonymous former Obama official told The Post.
“The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of its meddling is that he expected Clinton would win and did not want to ‘rock the boat.’ He didn’t ‘choke,’ he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
He added: “The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia under a magnifying glass, they have zero ‘tapes’ of Trump people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!”
Although many critics of the President have accused him of collusion with Russia, investigations into the matter have shown no evidence to support these claims.
Some top Democrats have begun questioning why Obama waited so long to identify the Russian threat.
“I think the administration needed to call out Russia earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier, and that was a very serious mistake,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said. Schiff is the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.
Schiff and other Democrats have suggested that Obama may have played low-key offense in regards to the Russian menace because Obama didn’t want to be seen as having an impact on the election. However, Trump has contended Obama sat on the information because most polls showed his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, leading with an easy path to victory.
Trump tweeted on Sunday: “If he had the information, why didn’t he do something about it?”
Shortly before he left office, Obama kicked several Russian spies out of the country, evicted diplomats from two housing complexes and instituted sanctions on Russia.