There have been rumors circulating that suggest President Barack Obama was kept from warning Americans that Russia was interfering in the 2016 Presidential Election and possibly helped get popular vote loser Donald Trump elected to the White House.
Now, a source incredibly close to the situation, namely former Vice President Joe Biden, is confirming this news, and says the blame lies with one man in particular: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
According to reports, Obama drafted a bipartisan statement about Russia’s interference and asked McConnell to sign it with him. According to Politico, McConnell refused, and Obama knew that with the lack of a bipartisan rebuke of Russia, they would have more to use against Hillary Clinton, as Biden explained:
Biden said that Obama “would sit there literally after each press briefing and say, ‘What the hell are we going to do?’”
Biden told Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haas that he regrets the administration’s hesitation to take action before the election. “Had we known what we knew three weeks later, we may have done something more,” he said.
“Can you imagine if the president called a press conference in October, with this fella, Bannon, and company, and said, ‘Tell you what: Russians are trying to interfere in our elections and we have to do something about it,’” Biden said. “What do you think would have happened? Would things have gotten better, or would it further look like we were trying to delegitimize the electoral process, because of our opponent?”
We’ll never know, Mr. Biden. There’s nothing to do about it now, except defeat this Russian puppet in the 2018 midterms and in the 2020 presidential election.
And in the meantime, maybe Robert Mueller should be looking into Mitch McConnell for his role in enabling Russian interference.
Washington Post also previously reported the same sentiment as Biden:
“The Democratic leaders in the room unanimously agreed on the need to take the threat seriously. Republicans, however, were divided, with at least two GOP lawmakers reluctant to accede to the White House requests.
According to several officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.”