Shifting from his previous assertion that former President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party fabricated the Russia story to explain away their 2016 presidential election loss, President Donald Trump tweeted Monday morning that Obama began investigating the Trump campaign "long before the November election" in an effort to help Clinton win.
“Why did the Obama Administration start an investigation into the Trump Campaign (with zero proof of wrongdoing) long before the Election in November?” Trump tweeted.
“Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win. Unprecedented. Bigger than Watergate! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling,” he continued.
The Obama administration did address Russian interference in the election, though some believe more action could have been taken.
Some Democrats have acknowledged the Obama administration could have taken a more forceful stance to oppose Russian meddling. Ex-Obama administration officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, have said they did not want to take action that would make it appear they favored one candidate over the other.
For Trump to accuse Obama of doing nothing about Russian interference at this stage in his presidency is interesting: The Trump administration has done very little to mitigate further meddling or punish the meddling that has already occurred.
[T]he president has still has not put into effect new sanctions — passed by large majorities in Congress last year — that were designed to punish the Kremlin and deter it from interfering in the 2018 midterms. And in October, the Trump administration missed a deadline to publish a list of Russian entities and individuals in the military and intelligence sectors subject to sanctions.
And just this weekend, the New York Times reported that Trump's State Department has yet to spend a penny of the $120 million it was given to address Russian meddling:
The delay is just one symptom of the largely passive response to the Russian interference by President Trump, who has made little if any public effort to rally the nation to confront Moscow and defend democratic institutions. More broadly, the funding lag reflects a deep lack of confidence by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in his department’s ability to execute its historically wide-ranging mission and spend its money wisely.