President Donald Trump responded Saturday to a series of indictments made against Russian hackers as part of Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation by laying the blame squarely at the feet of former President Barack Obama.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a dozen indictments Friday against “Russian intelligence officers” connected to a cyber warfare operation that hacked a DNC server in 2016, and breached several state election systems, exposing the information of around 50,000 voters.
It’s not clear whether the Department of Justice will be able to bring the 12 individuals, who called themselves “Guccifer 2.0,” to justice in the United States.
What is clear, Trump said Saturday, is that Barack Obama’s administration was remiss in handling the hacking threat from Russia, giving the Russians license to meddle in American elections.
The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didn’t they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2018
His statement follows a White House missive from Friday blaming Obama for not doing enough to combat Russia as a geopolitical foe.
“As Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said today: ‘There is no allegation in this indictment that Americans knew that they were corresponding with Russians. There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime. There is no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result,'” Deputy White House Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement Friday, CBS News reports.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has, so far, issued several indictments, but as the White House points out, few (and none against Americans) in connection with actual Russian election meddling. So far, Mueller has indicted several Trump officials, but for crimes that predate the 2016 presidential election.