President Trump on Thursday suggested he doesn’t believe that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying that if Moscow did, the Obama administration would have stopped it.
“By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin. Why didn’t they stop them?” he tweeted.
Trump’s comments are the latest indication he does not accept the intelligence community’s unanimous conclusion — released last October — that Russia tried to interfere in contest by hacking political groups and spreading fake news.
Trump pointed to congressional testimony from former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to back up his case.
“Former Homeland Security Advisor [sic] Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia,” he tweeted.
Trump later asked why the Democratic National Committee turned down an offer from the Homeland Security Department “to protect against hacks” before the election, saying it was part of a “big Dem HOAX.”
“Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the FBI, and still hasn’t?” he added. “It’s all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!” Read more at The Hill.