Only moments ago, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to ask why Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice would tell Obama’s cybersecurity coordinator to “stand down” on the Russian meddling in our 2016 elections?
Trump Jr. tweeted:
“Huh, I wonder why they would do that?: Obama’s cybersecurity coordinator confirms Susan Rice ordered him to ‘stand down’ on Russian meddling”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 24, 2018
Here’s a portion of the Washington Examiner article that Donald Trump Jr., tweeted:
Michael Daniel confirmed Wednesday that former national security adviser Susan Rice ordered him and his staff to “stand down” in 2016 in regard to Russian attempts to meddle in the 2016 election.
“It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend,” a former senior Obama administration official involved in White House deliberations on Russia said of the administration’s inaction. “I feel like we sort of choked.”
Daniel, special assistant to former President Barack Obama and White House cybersecurity coordinator, told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that quotes attributed to him in the book, Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump, were an “accurate rendering of the conversation” he had with Rice and his staff.
Daniel’s staff reportedly responded to the order in “disbelief.”
The Washington Post reported that Obama himself — along with three top aides — was given direct evidence from the CIA of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s cyber campaign to influence the election.
The Obama administration reportedly knew of Russia’s actions for months ahead of the 2016 election, but failed to take retaliatory action until December.