Rep. Adam Schiff: Obama "Made Serious Mistakes" Dealing With Russian Election Interference


Ranking member of the House intelligence committee joins CNN's Dana Bash to discuss the latest developments in the Russia investigation. He said the Obama administration should have done more to counter Russian meddling in the 2016 election, saying allowing it to happen was "a very serious mistake."

"The American people needed to know, and I didn’t think it was enough to tell them after the election, but rather given the seriousness of this, I think the administration needed to call out Russia earlier and needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier," the California Democrat said on CNN’s 'State of the Union.' "And I think that was a very serious mistake."

He said Obama was concerned about "being perceived as interfering in the election, trying to tip the scales for Hillary Clinton" and "they were concerned about not want to play into the narrative that Donald Trump was telling, that the election was going to be rigged, even though Donald Trump was talking about a completely different kind of rigging than foreign intervention," Mr. Schiff said.

"But both of those factors did not outweigh in my view, and I argued this at the time, did not outweigh the public’s need to know," he said.

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