Michael Daniel, who served as cybersecurity chief under Barack Obama’s administration, said that Susan Rice, then-national security director, specifically ordered him to “stand down” and back off any investigations into Russia meddling in the 2016 election.
Curious how the left always points fingers for doing what itself is guilty of doing, yes?
Daniel made the remarks during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
And the Washington Examiner has more:
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.
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.”
Over the past year, the Obama administration has been criticized for allegedly being aware of Russian attempts to influence the election yet primarily remaining silent on the subject.
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.
“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.”
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