President Obama Vows Retaliation Against Russia Over Hacking; Podesta Slams FBI

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/ Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama in Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/ Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)


President Barack Obama will hold what’s likely to be his last White House press conference today, before jetting off with his family to Hawaii. The presser will likely be nominated by allegations that Russia–with direct involvement by it’s president–interfered in the U.S. presidential election, to the benefit of Donald Trump. The president told NPR, that “anytime a foreign government tries to interfere in U.S. elections, the nation must take action and we will.

Meantime, the President-elect is targeting has a new target for criticism;  that being White House spokesman Josh Earnest for saying that Trump “knew exactly” about the Wikileaks targeting Hillary Clinton and other Democrats.

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In a related note, in a scathing rebuke of the nation’s domestic intelligence and security service,  Hillary Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta writes in a Washington Post op-ed, “There’s something deeply broken at the FBI.”

“The more we learn about the Russian plot to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s campaign and elect Donald Trump, and the failure of the FBI to adequately respond, the more shocking it gets. The former acting director of the CIA has called the Russian cyberattack “the political equivalent of 9/11.” Just as after the real 9/11, we need a robust, independent investigation into what went wrong inside the government and how to better protect our country in the future.”

As the former chair of the Clinton campaign and a direct target of Russian hacking, I understand just how serious this is. So I was surprised to read in the New York Times that when the FBI discovered the Russian attack in September 2015, it failed to send even a single agent to warn senior Democratic National Committee officials.

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