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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 McConnellDemocratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies Stakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff House members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes 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 John TrumpTrump anti-reg push likely to end up in court Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE or McConnell.

Jennings also noted that Obama and then-Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderLegal challenges to stay-at-home orders gain momentum Census delay threatens to roil redistricting Storm builds around Barr over dropping of Flynn case MORE declined to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeFBI releases documents showing Roger Stone, Julian Assange communications Judge orders Chelsea Manning's release from jail Lawyers: Chelsea Manning recovering after suicide attempt 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 ObamaWhat does Joe Biden believe about NASA, space exploration and commercial space? The star of tomorrow: Temptation and a career in politics reporting Blair questions Trump approach to coronavirus pandemic 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 ClintonStakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff Poll: Biden leads Trump by 5 points in Minnesota Pelosi makes fans as Democrat who gets under Trump's skin 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.