Hillary Clinton slams Trump on Russia election meddling

Hillary Clinton on Wednesday slammed President Trump for inaction on Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections.

“I say this as a former Secretary of State and as an American: the Russians are still coming. Our intelligence professionals are imploring Trump to act. Will he continue to ignore & surrender, or protect our country?” Clinton tweeted.

She also included a link to a Washington Post piece which cites Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, as saying that the U.S. hasn’t done enough to prevent meddling by Russia in future elections.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday defended the Trump administration during an exchange with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.

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Putting the Trump-Russia timeline into perspective
June 7: The 2016 primary season essentially concludes, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the presumptive party nominees
June 9: Donald Trump Jr. — along with Jared Kushner and former campaign chair Paul Manafort — meets with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
June 9: Trump tweets about Clinton's missing 33,000 emails
July 18: Washington Post reports, on the first day of the GOP convention, that the Trump campaign changed the Republican platform to ensure that it didn't call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces
July 21: GOP convention concludes with Trump giving his speech accepting the Republican nomination
July 22: WikiLeaks releases stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee
July 25: Democratic convention begins
July 27: In final news conference of his 2016 campaign, Trump asks Russia: "If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing"
August 4: Obama CIA Director John Brennan confronts his Russian counterpart about Russia's interference. "[I] told him if you go down this road, it's going to have serious consequences, not only for the bilateral relationship, but for our ability to work with Russia on any issue, because it is an assault on our democracy," Brennan said on "Meet the Press" yesterday.
October 4: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange says his organization will publish emails related to the 2016 campaign
October 7: WikiLeaks begins releasing Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta's emails
October 7: Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence release a statement directly saying that Russia is interfering in the 2016 election
October 31: "This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove," Trump says on the campaign trail
November 4: "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks," Trump says from Ohio.
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“Admiral Rogers is the one that would have the agency that could actually go and confront Russian intrusion at the source. And he hasn’t been given the authority. In fact, he says that the Russians haven’t paid a sufficient price to make them change their behavior,” Karl said during a press conference. “He’s the one with the power and with the means to do it. All he needs is a presidential directive, the authority from the President to do it.”

Sanders responded that the administration is looking at a “number of ways” to apply pressure on Russia.

“Let’s not forget that this happened under Obama,” Sanders added. “It didn’t happen under President Trump. If you want to blame somebody on past problems, then you need to look at the Obama administration.”

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