Trump blames Obama for 'anything the Russians did' in 2016 election

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE blamed former President Obama for Russian meddling in the 2016 election in the aftermath of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s report, saying the previous administration took insufficient action to prevent the interference.

“Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected,” Trump tweeted Thursday evening.

Mueller’s report detailed a complex, two-pronged effort by Moscow in which Russian agents sought to exacerbate political fault lines on social media with divisive posts through the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency and hacked and sought to disseminate Democratic documents and emails in an effort to embarrass Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE, the Democratic presidential nominee.

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The report also revealed that Russian officials made several outreaches to Trump campaign officials, though the special counsel could not prove any Trump associates coordinated with any efforts to interfere in the 2016 race.

“Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Mueller wrote in his report.

Obama has faced some criticism for how his administration handled Russian interference once he was made aware of the efforts.

"I think the [Obama] administration needed to call out Russia earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Trump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify Mueller to give extended testimony after appearance postponed MORE (D-Calif.), then the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a 2017 CNN interview.

Reports have emerged that Obama did not take public action against Moscow for fear of injecting further partisanship in the 2016 election.