“Trump acknowledges Russian meddling in tweet” -CBS News

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Summary: ” The Post also revealed new details about the Obama administration’s response to the Russian interference campaign before the election. “I just heard today, for the first of all time that Obama knew about Russia a long time prior to the election and he did nothing about it,” Mr. Trump believes the Russians interfered in the election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer referred reporters to a January press conference in which Mr. intelligence agencies officially accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering Russian spies to assist Donald Trump’s presidential camp.. The Washington Post reported in early December that the CIA had concluded that Russia’s efforts were intended to boost Mr. The comments marked a rare admission by Mr. Obama, and a handful of senior aides. Current, and foregoing officials have repeatedly said the U.S. Trump wrote that President Obama “knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia” and “did nothing about it.” The tweet came at the end of Mr. Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, questioned the underlying intelligence and warned against accusing the Russian government of aiding Mr. The briefing included classified details of Russian efforts to harm the Clinton campaign and bolster Mr. In a tweet Friday night, Mr. Administration officials briefed top members of Congress of both parties about Russia’s actions in the weeks leading up to the election. The U.S. Following the CIA’s August report, Mr. Last Updated Jun 24, 2017 9:25 AM EDT President Trump appeared to acknowledge Russian involvement in the 2016 campaign while criticizing the Obama administration’s response to a Russian interference campaign he has repeatedly denied took place. The agency determined Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally directed Russian intelligence to “defeat, or at least damage” Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the Post said.”

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