Former Clinton campaign chair John Podesta: Something is 'deeply broken' at the FBI

President Barack Obama says the U.S. will take action against Russia over the country's alleged meddling in the election.

"Some of it may be explicit and publicized. Some of it may not be. But Mr. Putin is well aware of my feelings about this because I spoke to him directly about it," Obama said during an interview with NPR.

In mid-December, the CIA said it identified people connected to the Russian government who hacked emails from Democrats and gave them to WikiLeaks.

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And U.S. intelligence officials say they think Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved.

Those who believe that Russia was trying to sway the outcome of the November U.S. election say Hillary Clinton was the victim.

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At the end of 2015, Vladimir Putin lauded Trump's presidential campaign, calling him "an absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it." 
In response to Putin's compliments Trump said: "It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond."
Putin has called Trump a "very outstanding man" and "unquestionably talented."
When Russia continued its military buildup in Syria and Putin backed the country's President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, Trump declared the Russian leader earned an "A" in leadership. 
Trump not only gave the Russian leader an "A," he also said Putin has been a better leader than US President Barack Obama. "He is really very much of a leader," Trump said of Putin. "The man has very strong control over his country. Now, it's a very different system, and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly in that system he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader." 
At a national security forum in September, Trump explained his friendly relationship with Putin saying: "If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him." 
When asked about allegations that Putin orchestrated the deaths of his political opponents and journalists, Trump defended Putin: "I haven't seen any evidence that he killed anybody."
After Trump won the election November 8, Putin sent the president-elect a telegram congratulating him on his victory. 
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Hacked documents released on WikiLeaks in 2016 hampered Clinton's campaign and the Democrats. And according to The New York Times, the FBI had known about a Democratic National Committee hack in September 2015.

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, her campaign chairman John Podesta criticized the FBI for not acting sooner.

He wrote, "Comparing the FBI's massive response to the overblown [Clinton] email scandal with the seemingly lackadaisical response to the very real Russian plot to subvert a national election shows that something is deeply broken at the FBI."

Podesta went on to say, "The election is over and the damage is done, but the threat from Russia and other potential aggressors remains urgent and demands a serious and sustained response."

A bipartisan group of senators, including Republican John McCain and Democrat Chuck Schumer, have called for an investigation into Russia's election interference.

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