President Donald Trump went on a Monday morning Twitter rant claiming former President Barack Obama "colluded or obstructed" by not acting quicker on Russia's meddling with the election because of the prevailing belief that Hillary Clinton would win.
US President Donald Trump on Monday demanded an apology over the Russian Federation investigation rocking his presidency, as he kept up a days-long attack on Barack Obama for his handling of intelligence about election meddling by Moscow.
ADVERTISEMENT Former President Obama seized the two diplomatic compounds and expelled at least 35 Russian diplomats last December when the administration learned that Russians might be meddling in the election, including potentially hacking voting machines.
Trump has called the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian officials a "witch hunt", and former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee the president asked him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russians.
"We were concerned that by making the statement we might, in and of itself, be challenging the integrity of the election process itself", said Johnson. Trump tweeted, before granting himself a mononym.
"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 USA leaders.
The intelligence briefings went on to suggest Putin's directions were meant to damage, or even potentially prevent Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton from defeating Trump in the 2016 US presidential election. 'With 4 months looking at Russian Federation under a magnifying glass, they have zero "tapes" of T [rump] people colluding.
Mr. Trump on Friday questioned Mr. Obama's response to the Russian hacking crisis.
Trump rounded out his series of tweets by further denying any "collusion" or "obstruction" on his part and by mentioning that he "should be given [an] apology".
The ultimate decision whether to pursue the program was left to Trump, who is now facing FBI, Department of Justice and congressional investigations into whether he or his associates colluded with Russian Federation or attempted to obstruct justice as part of a cover-up.
The Washington Post said Obama issued four warnings to the Russians - including one he delivered directly to Putin - causing Moscow to pull back on possible plans to sabotage USA voting operations.
President Donald Trump's inconsistency may be his only consistency, but even by the standard he's set for abrupt reversals during his first five months in office, the president's recent proclamations on election meddling raise hypocrisy to nose-bleed heights.
Just before 9 a.m. on Monday, he returned to the Obama-bungled-Russia theme, this time apparently referring to a Washington Post article chronicling confusion and delays by Mr. Obama's aides when confronted with evidence that Moscow was attempting to intervene in the election.