President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE blamed former President Obama for Russian meddling in the 2016 election in the aftermath of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
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 ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 MORE, the Democratic presidential nominee.
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 SchiffJan. 6 panel subpoenas four ex-Trump aides Bannon, Meadows Schiff: Criminal contempt charges possible for noncooperation in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks 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.