Former President Barack Obama apparently wished to do extra to warn Individuals about suspected Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election, however Sen. Mitch McConnell blocked him. That’s in response to a brand new e-book by former Obama Speechwriter and Deputy Nationwide Safety Adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes. The New York Occasions obtained excerpts of the e-book, which extra largely centered on Obama’s fleeting emotions of anguish after the election of present president Donald Trump.
The Occasions cites the e-book to report that Obama “approved a press release to be issued by intelligence company leaders a month earlier than the election warning of Russian interference, however was thwarted from doing extra as a result of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican chief, refused to go together with a bipartisan assertion.”
Within the e-book, Rhodes argues that McConnell’s acquainted blocking tactic was “staggeringly partisan and unpatriotic.” Obama chalked it up as much like the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court docket, which McConnell had additionally blocked.
Obama additionally frightened that Trump would trash speak him for talking out extra about Russian interference.
Rhodes says within the e-book that he and Obama discovered from information reviews of the FBI investigation into whether or not there have been contacts between Russians and the Trump marketing campaign. That data got here after Obama left workplace. Rhodes says neither he nor Obama knew of the FBI investigation earlier than then, the Occasions reviews.
The Occasions says Obama selected to not problem sanctions towards Russia as a result of he feared they may result in retaliatory Russian hacking into U.S. elections programs.
The Rhodes memoir, The World as It Is, is due out subsequent week.
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