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Interim DNC chair: Obama admin’s response to Russia ‘insufficient’

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Democratic National Committee (DNC) interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile on Thursday called the Obama administration’s retaliatory measures for hacking Democratic groups “insufficient.”

Brazile said that although she welcomes President Obama’s new measures in response to the Kremlin’s hacking campaign, the actions of the Russian government should be treated as “attacks on the United States by a foreign power.”

“We applaud President Obama for taking these actions in response to the Russian government-sponsored cyberattacks on the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and our free and fair elections. However, more must be done,” Brazile said in a statement.

“[T]oday’s action alone by the White House is insufficient. Now it’s time for President-elect [Donald] Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress to put our national security before politics and show the American people that they are serious about protecting our democracy,” she added.

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The Obama administration announced a variety of measures Thursday against Russia in response to a hacking campaign against Democratic groups, including the DNC, leading up to the presidential election.

Obama announced that the State Department would expel 35 Russian intelligence operatives and shutter a pair of Russian compounds in New York and Maryland used for intelligence purposes.

New sanctions on Russia target two of the country’s main intelligence organizations, the GRU and FSB, and Obama hinted at the possibility of covert cyber measures toward Russia.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security also released a report Thursday detailing the link between Moscow and the hacking effort intended to interfere in the 2016 election.

Trump said Thursday after the Obama administration announced the new sanctions on Russia that he would meet with intelligence advisers while calling for the U.S. to “move on.”

While several GOP lawmakers such as Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.) have been highly critical of Russian interference, Trump has remained skeptical toward the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia was behind the hack.

“That’s why I have called on Congress to launch a thorough, independent, and bipartisan investigation on the Russian government’s unprecedented interference in the 2016 election,” Brazile said in her statement Thursday.

“Unfortunately, President-elect Donald Trump has denied the facts and demonstrated a disdain for the Intelligence Community, skipping intelligence briefings and dismissing evidence of Russian influence,” Brazile said.

“He must take the threat of foreign meddling in our elections seriously and Congress has a duty to give the American people a full account of Russia’s assault on our democracy,” she added.

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