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Obama Just Torched Donald Trump For Inviting Russians To Interfere With Elections

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Obama Just Torched Donald Trump For Inviting Russians To Interfere With Elections

President Barack Obama blasted Donald Trump for inviting the Kremlin to “hack Hillary’s emails” and then claiming that “no one really knows” who hacked Democrats before the election or why.

“He called on Russia to hack his opponent. He called on Russia to attack Secretary Clinton,” Obama told Trevor Noah during a Daily Show interview. “So, he certainly had a pretty good sense of which side this activity was coming down on.”

The departing president ripped Trump for encouraging cyber espionage, and said he still doesn’t understand why illegally obtained emails from Democratic officials received more attention than the fact that Russia interrupted a U.S. election.

“He called on Russia to attack Secretary Clinton,” he said. “I don’t think there was any doubt among anybody in the media or among members of Congress as to who was being advantaged or disadvantaged’ by the hacks.”

Obama also slapped Republicans in Congress, some of whom have called for legislative investigations into the hacking. The Russian interference was known to lawmakers who backed Trump, he said.

“How they reconcile their political strategy and their patriotism is something they’re going to have to explain.”

Watch the interview below:

Trump and his aides have disputed several reports that linked them to the Kremlin.

The White House official said the President wasn’t trying to start a fight with them, “he was just stating the facts.”

“What I’ve stated is not an argument, but really just a presentation of objective facts about what all of you and the American public knew in advance of the election,” Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Trump tweeted Monday that it’s ‘hard’ to know who hacked Democrats’ emails before the November election since they weren’t caught in the act.

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A Washington Post report this weekend said the CIA believes that the Kremlin instigated the attacks intending to aid the Republican presidential nominee. The October report confirmed that Russia was behind the hacking but did not conclude the goal was to elect Trump.

Trump told Fox News Sunday, “I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it.”

Obama has ordered a review of the hacking from the intelligence community. Earnest said in his Monday briefing that president believes the matter should also be investigated by Congress.

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