President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE on Sunday accused former President Obama of knowing about Russian meddling in the 2016 election and not doing anything to stop it — despite reports that the Obama administration made multiple attempts to stave off interference from the Kremlin.
Trump took to Twitter Sunday afternoon, saying that Obama was informed of the meddling by the FBI, but chose not to act on that information because he thought Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE was going to win the election.
Why didn’t President Obama do something about the so-called Russian Meddling when he was told about it by the FBI before the Election? Because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win, and he didn’t want to upset the apple cart! He was in charge, not me, and did nothing.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2018
Trump has lodged a number of accusations at Obama for not doing anything about Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election. However, the administration did take action against Russia.
After the election, Obama imposed new sanctions on Russia and expelled a number of Russian diplomats.
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE has said that the Obama administration wanted a bipartisan statement condemning Russia’s interference but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights MORE (R-Ky.) would not cooperate.
Obama administration officials have said they did not want to appear to be helping out Clinton. Obama himself said in December 2016 that he didn’t think he should have acted differently.
“There have been folks out there who suggest somehow if we went out there and made big announcements and thumped our chests about a bunch of stuff, that somehow it would potentially spook the Russians," he said. "I think it doesn't read the thought process in Russia very well."