Trump says Obama 'colluded' on Russia, without giving evidence


President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of "collusion" and "obstruction" Monday for failing to raise the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In a series of tweets Monday morning, Trump said former President Barack Obama "did NOTHING" after receiving a report from the Central Intelligence Agency in August.

Trump has often expressed deep frustration over accusations that individuals in his orbit colluded with Russian Federation during the election and assertions that he may have tried to personally influence the FBI's probe into the matter.

"So the question is, if they didn't take any action, does that make them complicit?"

Monday's series of tweets comes after Trump spent the weekend attacking the Obama administration over new reporting from The Washington Post that linked interference in last year's election directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin and revealed political considerations that may have allowed Moscow to avoid paying a significant price for an attempt to manipulate the United States election on an unprecedented scale. He added, " I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press". "How can you accuse President Obama of obstructing when [Trump] was egging Russian Federation on?"

"He was joking at the time". But Democrats have expressed frustration that the Obama administration did not more prominently address the issue ahead of Trump's surprise election victory.

Welker suggested those tweets were hypocritical given Trump's previous suggestion during the 2016 presidential campaign that Russian Federation should hack Clinton's emails.

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"I think that was a mistake [by the Obama administration], but I have to contest what President Trump was also saying, because for Donald Trump, who openly egged on the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton emails and celebrated every release of these stolen documents to criticize Obama now, is a bit like someone knowingly receiving stolen property blaming the police for not stopping the theft", he said.

"Protocol aspects are of secondary importance in this case, since it will be the first time that the two presidents will have a chance to meet", he said.

That, essentially, was White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's stated position on one of the most stunning remarks of President Donald Trump's campaign - in which he called for Russian hackers to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails.

Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security chief under former President Barack Obama, revealed last week that Mr Putin himself directed the the cyberattacks aimed at disrupting and discrediting the US's presidential race.

Asked about the report that Mr Trump wants a full bilateral meeting, Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow on Monday that "the protocol side of it is secondary".

A former Obama White House official on Monday dismissed Trump's attacks on the ex-president as "a transparent effort to distract" from the impact of the administration's embattled efforts to repeal and replace Obama's health care reforms.

"I believe that Russia will be ready to agree to the format that will suit the United States, and vice versa", Peskov said when asked about the format of the protocol meeting between the Russian and U.S. leaders.

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