Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, the Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that he thinks the Obama administration should have done more in response to intelligence reports about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“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,” Rep. Schiff said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Schiff said during the run-up to the presidential election that he and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, repeatedly called on President Obama to call out Russia for their interference in the election.
“The American people needed to know,” Schiff said.
President Trump tweeted in reference to a report by the Washington Post that said Obama knew as early as August about the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia was involved in a cyber campaign to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.
“Obama administration official said they ‘choked’ when it came to acting on Russian meddling of election. They didn’t want to hurt Hillary?” Trump said in a Tweet on Saturday.
Schiff added that Trump should not criticize the Obama administration for the way they responded.
“For Donald Trump, who openly egged on the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s 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,” Schiff said.