Franken: Obama Did Nothing About Russia Because He Didn't Want To Put His Thumb On The Scale

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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), in an appearance on Morning Joe Monday, said then-President Obama did not do anything about intelligence reports showing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election because he didn't want to put his thumb on the scale.

"Of course, actually, yeah, I think they did think Hillary would win," Franken said of President Obama's handling of the Russian meddling reports. "And I think they didn't want to look like they were putting a thumb on the scale and that's why they didn't do more. I wish they had, obviously."

"I actually think that the president thought that since Trump was saying the election was rigged, he didn't want to seem like he was putting his thumb on the scale," Franken said.

SEN. AL FRANKEN: Of course, actually, yeah, I think they did think Hillary would win. And I think they didn't want to look like they were putting a thumb on the scale and that's why they didn't do more. I wish they had, obviously.

And what's interesting now is I think this is, is this the first that Trump has acknowledged that Russia did this?

SCARBOROUGH: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

SCARBOROUGH: You were talking about it earlier, I referenced Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. We also have been talking about Barack Obama's extraordinary Jedi mind tricks. Where he comes out of retirement, he comes down from the Jedi temple where Luke was, and all he has to do is just wave his hand and Trump admits the health care bill is mean, and admits that Russia's meddling in the election.

Doesn't listen to the CIA or the other 15 intelligence agencies; he listens to Obama.

FRANKEN: Well, not only that he has not, we've gotten testimony that he didn't talk to Comey about it.

SCARBOROUGH: Right.

FRANKEN: He hasn't talked to Spicer about Russia meddling. He hasn't talked to Jeff Sessions about it. We have to stop this from happening again.

SCARBOROUGH: Right. So let me ask you, why didn't we stop it the first time? Why didn't the Obama administration in September tell us? Because it seems to me we had a right to know in September that the Russians had invaded our country in a sense, in a cyberwar and they were trying to influence our elections. I would have liked to known that in September.

FRANKEN: I actually think that the president thought that since Trump was saying the election was rigged, he didn't want to seem like he was putting his thumb on the scale.

SCARBOROUGH: But he was Campaigner in Chief.

FRANKEN: I know, but he didn't want to look the Thumber in Chief.

SCARBOROUGH: Right.

FRANKEN: So I think that was part of it. Also they're dealing with it and they were weighing a lot of different options, cyberattacks on them. They obviously didn't play it right. Look where we are now.

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