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) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' 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 McConnellLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Biden not ruling out Senate voting to impeach Trump: 'It will depend on what their constituency says' Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate 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 TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE or McConnell.

Jennings also noted that Obama and then-Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderObama celebrates 'great night for our country' after Democrats' victories in Virginia and Kentucky After Obama-era abuses, Republican hysteria over impeachment process is absurd Lawmakers come together to honor Cummings: 'One of the greats in our country's history' MORE declined to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeBannon testifies that Trump campaign saw Stone as link to WikiLeaks Stone's lawyer clashes with key witness The Hill's Morning Report — Bloomberg news shakes up 2020 race 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 ObamaSaagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism Pennsylvania's other election-night story Buttigieg praises Obama after Los Angeles Times corrects misquote 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 ClintonFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Top diplomat said request for specific probes in Ukraine was 'contrary' to US policy Feehery: What Republicans must do to adapt to political realignment 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.