Schiff rips Trump: Not acting on Russian election interference is 'dereliction of duty'

Schiff rips Trump: Not acting on Russian election interference is 'dereliction of duty'
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTop Intel Dem: Minority 'absolutely' plans to continue Russia witness interviews Overnight Tech: Zuckerberg breaks silence on Cambridge Analytica controversy | Senate passes sex trafficking bill | EU pushes new tax on tech | YouTube toughens rules on gun videos Schiff mocks Trump: Obama, Bush didn't need staff warning 'do not congratulate' Putin MORE (D-Calif.) fired back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon House passes 'right to try' drug bill Spending bill rejects Trump’s proposed EPA cut MORE for accusing the Obama administration of investigating his campaign to help Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump can save Republicans and restore sanity to California in 2018 Breitbart News denies readership drop, alt-right label Mellman: The next war MORE, saying Trump’s own failure to act on Russian election interference is a “dereliction of duty.”

“The FBI investigation began when it was discovered that the Russians had secret discussions with your foreign policy advisor about dissemination of stolen Clinton emails,” Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted at Trump on Monday.

Trump in a tweet earlier in the day had accused the Obama administration of trying to undermine his campaign, calling it “bigger than Watergate.”


Schiff also hit Trump for claiming that former President Obama “did nothing” about the Russian election interference, asking Trump how he can “criticize Obama for not doing more, when you do absolutely nothing?”

“No cabinet meeting devoted to protecting 2018 elections from foreign interference. Bipartisan sanctions to punish and deter Russian meddling sitting in your desk drawer for months. $120 million allocated by Congress to fight Russian propaganda unspent,” the Democrat continued.

“This is dereliction of duty,” he added.





Schiff was referring to a New York Times report that the State Department had not spent any of the $120 million it received to prevent foreign interference in U.S. elections.

Trump declined to implement new sanctions against Russia earlier this year, despite Congress passing a bipartisan bill giving him the power to do so.

A State Department spokesperson said at the time that the passage of the legislation was deterrent enough, and that the sanctions did not have to actually be imposed.

U.S. Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael Rogers, who also serves as director of the National Security Agency, testified before the Senate late last month that he had not received orders from Trump to stop Russian cyberattacks targeting U.S. elections.

“I need a policy decision that indicates there is specific direction to do that,” Rogers said at the time. “The president ultimately would make this decision in accordance with a recommendation from the secretary of Defense.”

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE charged 13 Russians and three Russian organizations last month with interfering in the U.S. presidential election.