Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said President Obama’s failure to act swiftly on Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 elections was “a very serious mistake,” The Daily Caller reports.
In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Schiff said the Obama administration should have made more decisive steps to combat the Russian meddling.
“I think the Obama administration should have done a lot more when it became clear that not only was Russia intervening, but it was being directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin.”
Schiff, a ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said the former president was hesitant to confront Russia’s aggressive campaign due to concerns that it could be seen as helping Hillary Clinton and reinforcing Donald Trump’s claims that the election is “rigged.”
“But both of those factors did not outweigh in my view, and I argued this at the time, did not outweigh the public’s need to know,” Schiff said.
Schiff chided Obama for not issuing a statement condemning Russia’s cyber attacks. Instead, Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin in private conversations to stop their campaign.