Obama: 'Possible' Russia interfering in US election

Obama: 'Possible' Russia interfering in US election
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President Obama on Tuesday raised the possibility that Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. 

“Anything's possible,” Obama said in an interview with NBC News. 

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Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin might prefer Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE over his Democratic opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMore than 200,000 Wisconsin voters will be removed from the rolls Trump is threatening to boycott the debates — here's how to make sure he shows up Trey Gowdy returns to Fox News as contributor MORE, because the business magnate has “repeatedly expressed admiration” for the Russian leader in the past. 

“I am basing this on what Mr. Trump himself has said,” the president said. “And I think that — Trump's gotten pretty favorable coverage — back in Russia.” 

The president’s comments add considerable heft to mounting evidence that Russian hackers were behind the DNC hack.

Obama said that the FBI is still investigating the origin of the hack, but he acknowledged that “experts have attributed this to the Russians.”

“What we do know is is that the Russians hack our systems. Not just government systems, but private systems. But — you know, what the motives were in terms of the leaks, all that — I can't say directly.”

The hack exposed reams of emails sent by party staffers, some of which showed them apparently seeking to undermine the campaign of Clinton’s primary opponent, Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers Reject National Defense Authorization Act, save Yemen instead MORE

Several top Democrats have suggested that Russia hacked the Democrats in an effort to sow discord in their ranks and thereby boost Trump’s campaign.