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Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad'

Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad'
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A former special assistant to President George W. Bush said 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 Russia report “looks just plain bad” for former President Obama.

Scott Jennings, a CNN contributor, penned an op-ed on Friday denouncing Obama for allowing Russians to meddle “on his watch.”

"The Mueller report flatly states that Russia began interfering in American democracy in 2014. Over the next couple of years, the effort blossomed into a robust attempt to interfere in our 2016 presidential election. The Obama administration knew this was going on and yet did nothing," Jennings wrote. 

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Jennings, who previously served as a campaign adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Lawmakers reach agreement on bipartisan Jan. 6 commission The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Masks off: CDC greenlights return to normal for vaccinated Americans MORE (R-Ky.), argued that Obama went “soft” on Russia because of the Iran nuclear deal.

“Obama wanted Putin in the deal, and to stand up to him on election interference would have, in Obama's estimation, upset that negotiation,” Jennings wrote. “This turned out to be a disastrous policy decision.”

Obama did slap sanctions on Russia after the election as punishment for its electoral interference, but Jennings said it was a “toothless response to a serious incursion.”

“I guess if I had failed to stop Russia from marching into Crimea, making a mess in Syria, and hacking our democracy I'd be looking to blame someone else, too,” Jennings wrote of Democrats’ attempts to deflect on President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE or McConnell.

Jennings also noted that Obama and then-Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderOne quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors First redistricting lawsuits filed by Democratic group On The Trail: Census data kicks off the biggest redistricting fight in American history MORE declined to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeBiden DOJ to continue to seek Assange extradition Assange, Snowden among those not included on Trump pardon list Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon MORE in 2010. Assange then helped Russia disseminate hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

He called for “subsequent investigations” into how the Obama White House “failed.”

“If you consider Russian election interference a crisis for our democracy, then you cannot read the Mueller report, adding it to the available public evidence, and conclude anything other than Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 Obama shares video of him visiting Maryland vaccination site GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE spectacularly failed America,” Jennings wrote.

Mueller on Thursday released a 400-plus-page, partially redacted report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The report detailed extensive Russian efforts to help Trump win the 2016 election but did not find evidence of collusion between the campaign and Russia.

It noted that Trump staffers expected to benefit from Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential race against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record MORE.

Mueller described how a Russian troll farm connected to the Kremlin worked to sow discord among the American public on social media.

The report also detailed how Russian intelligence officers hacked both the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta.