Trump blames Obama on Russian meddling
Herb Boyd | 2/22/2018, 10:59 a.m.
Once again President Trump is trying to have it both ways in the ongoing investigation of the Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. For months he has termed the entire investigation bogus and “fake news,” but now, as special counsel and his grand jury have indicted 13 Russian nationals, Trump puts the blame on the Obama administration for allowing it to happen.
“Obama was president up to, and beyond, the 2016 election,” Trump tweeted Monday. “So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?”
If the Russians meddled in the election, which Trump, for the most part, has denied, then how and why is it now necessary to blame Obama, or anyone that matter, for something the president has stated didn’t happen?
In previous tweets last summer, Trump charged that Obama ignored the cyberattacks from the Russians because he was convinced that Hillary Clinton would be the winner. On another occasion, Trump tweeted that Obama knew about the Russian interference three years ago but chose not to do anything, fearing he might “anger Russia.”
Trump’s accusations and blame game took a surprising turn Sunday when Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, agreed with the president to a certain extent.
Schiff, appearing on CNN Sunday, said he “all along…thought the Obama administration should have done more. They were very wary of appearing to be putting their hand on the scale in the election.”
But all of this is in the past. The issue at the moment is why hasn’t Trump done or said anything about the Russian involvement, other than his comments about “no collusion” on the part of his campaign team in the affair?
Meanwhile, with the latest indictments that will be added to the previous ones by special counsel Robert Mueller, as well as a couple who have entered guilty pleas cooperating with the investigation, the possible obstruction of justice by the president, though still without solid evidence, continues to move forward.