REPORT: Obama Was Told In August 2016 That Putin Directly Ordered Hacking To Benefit Trump [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports:

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

The White House debated various options to punish Russia, but facing obstacles and potential risks, it ultimately failed to exact a heavy toll on the Kremlin for its election interference.

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

At that point, the outlines of the Russian assault on the U.S. election were increasingly apparent. Hackers with ties to Russian intelligence services had been rummaging through Democratic Party computer networks, as well as some Republican systems, for more than a year.

In July, the FBI had opened an investigation of contacts between Russian officials and Trump associates. And on July 22, nearly 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee were dumped online by WikiLeaks.

The story is complex and rather lengthy. Make time to read the full thing.

  • DesertSun59

    Based on 45’s Tweet from yesterday, he will very successfully blame this on Obama. I say SUCCESSFULLY because the GOP are absolute masters of memes. The Dems are feckless and spineless and absolutely refuse to even acknowledge that memes even exist.

    Since the GOP owns all publicaly (media) discussed memes in this entire nation they will use this information to destroy the Dem party in 2018.

    Watch.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I know. Dump and the GOP are basically going to say “It’s your fault that I plotted with Russia to destroy the nation.”

      • DesertSun59

        And he will completely get away with it. He won’t say those exact words but the GOP’s campaign of disinformation will, in fact, cause even easy-to-turn districts to stay GOP. The House is already successfully in GOP hands into 2020.

        • Ninja0980

          Yup, and even though Republicans put out op-eds telling Democrats exactly what they were going to do, they ignored it.. and lost badly.

          • DesertSun59

            Yep. The TV cable news is only focused on one topic and the Dems are completely deluded to follow along.

          • Angelahray

            CNN is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family,,,Here’s how to make additional cash each week…On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned 9036 Dollars this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. Learn more about it on following link
            http://www.Best21.Com….

          • DesertSun59

            Because of their utter disregard for the power of memes. I hate the f*cking Dems so much for their total embracing of ‘we don’t give a sh*t’.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          The problem is not just GOP and Dump though. I really think it lets the GOP voters off the hook and they need to take responsibility for this bullshit.

          This is also why I still think the blue states should fucking leave the red states because as long as we got one party willing to conspire with hostile powers to stay in power and nearly 1/2 the population okey-dokey with that as long as they can keep their white and/or male and/or Christian privilege then we are fucked. Seriously, we get dumbass people going “Ohhhh, give TWump more time” and “you are so mean and so uncivil to Twump, you evil baby eating librul bastards.”

        • FAEN

          Not according to the Cook Political Report-the House is in play.

          • Joe in PA

            I know this isn’t the best way to do this…but I almost hope the Trumpcare gets passed and it actually HURTS people. It seems like the only way to wake people up. I know, I know…it shouldn’t be that way…but dammit, I’m so sick of this.

          • FAEN

            I know what you mean. I have had thoughts myself but would Trumpcare change the minds of the anti ACA lot or would it just harden their resistance to socialized healthcare? Given how prone they are to believe ‘the left is coming to kill you’ conspiracy theories I worry it would just create a bigger mess.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            Well, many in the anti ACA lot are actually anti ObamaCare not realizing that their ACA benefits are one in the same.

          • FAEN

            Yep. That’s true as well.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            We are going to have to bury the baby boomers before any of this changes.

          • Longpole

            The repubs have been jacking off to the sound of “Repeal and Replace for the last 8 years. It’s for the ejaculation! Pass this thing!
            I wanna see the cumshot into the eyes of the voters who voted for these guys. It’s time to feel the Burn!

          • Nick in Pasadena

            I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked, “What will it take to wake people up?” Apparently electing a lying, cheating, grifting, immoral con man didn’t do it. Perhaps that will change when people begin dying as a result of Trumpcare. But I’m not optimistic.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            I live in eagle rock. At least we live in a free state. Not a slave state

          • DesertSun59

            They elected a dictator ON PURPOSE: ‘I alone can fix it.’

          • DesertSun59

            Won’t work. You see, there is quite literally no rock bottom for the Right. They live in TRAILERS and vote for the GOP. They have only two or three teeth in their heads and the vote GOP. They have 10 children and still Jesus doesn’t want any woman to have an abortion.

            There is no rock bottom for rural uneducated Republican voters. None.

          • Joe in PA

            I know this isn’t the best way to do this…but I almost hope the Trumpcare gets passed and it actually HURTS people. It seems like the only way to wake people up. I know, I know…it shouldn’t be that way…but dammit, I’m so sick of this.

          • Joe in PA

            I know this isn’t the best way to do this…but I almost hope the Trumpcare gets passed and it actually HURTS people. It seems like the only way to wake people up. I know, I know…it shouldn’t be that way…but dammit, I’m so sick of this.

          • DesertSun59

            They are WRONG. Completely wrong.

          • FAEN

            Based on what?

        • FAEN

          Not according to the Cook Political Report-the House is in play.

        • FAEN

          Not according to the Cook Political Report-the House is in play.

      • Gerry Fisher

        “If only you’d been better at stopping my criminal activity.” (That’s why the courts seem to be the best option right now. They don’t care about optics or memes.)

      • narutomania

        … and that I got away with stealing a presidential election!!

      • JCF

        In other words, a paraphrase of the Classic Serial Killer taunt: “Stop me before I collude again!”

    • Daveed_WOW

      A nation of stupid bigots elected a stupid bigot.

      • FAEN

        While too many on our side went for purity and either didn’t vote or supported Johnson/Stein and here we are with this thin skinned maniac.

        • Daveed_WOW

          Fair enough. We need to take the stupid bigots of Middle America seriously. They are correct in saying they weren’t being heard. Well, we hear them now and it’s up to us to shut them up.

          • FAEN

            I disagree with them-they were being heard but when you keep voting against your best interest why would you think it would get better?

          • The_Wretched

            How do you get people to stop voting against their own interests especially when they live in a counter reality bubble that’s buttressed by plain bigotry? <—this is the question that will win Dems every election except the most diehard 15% of places.

          • FAEN

            I agree matey-I see it with people I’m related to. They have been so brainwashed into thinking of the GOP as the party of god and the Dems as the party of hate and death I don’t know how that changes.

          • David L. Caster

            The question won’t do it though the answer might.

            Here’s one possible solution: Dems need an information campaign and an investment plan to use their money in an organized way to get the fact that Republican control of public policy does not improve the lives of most Americans. It’s time to craft a message that cannot be ignored, buy advertising time, and deliver that message in a way and on par with the best Super Bowl ads properly placed.

            Fighting individual little battles is clearly not going to do the job of rebuilding the Democrat brand. It’s time to get new blood at the top of the party that knows how to play the long game and start the rebuilding process.

          • The_Wretched

            I like it.

          • Daveed_WOW

            That would be when the stupidity kicks in.

        • Daveed_WOW

          Fair enough. We need to take the stupid bigots of Middle America seriously. They are correct in saying they weren’t being heard. Well, we hear them now and it’s up to us to shut them up.

        • Daveed_WOW

          Fair enough. We need to take the stupid bigots of Middle America seriously. They are correct in saying they weren’t being heard. Well, we hear them now and it’s up to us to shut them up.

        • The_Wretched

          No, the fvcking system is rigged for republicans. Blaming a fraction of the left leaning voters overlooks systemic problems as well as over emphasizes that fraction’s power relative to all of the segments of the voters. Little picture, hyper focus on one of the many issues is why Dems loose time and again.

          • FAEN

            That fraction of left wing voters would have put us over the top. Cheeto won by some 70,000 + votes in four states. Yes there is gerrymandering and voter suppression but this last election there were too many who didn’t vote or as I said earlier went for purity. BTW-so many of the purity brigade are screaming about Cheeto now! They’re not serious people.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            The right WANTS us to continue the narrative that we lost because of US. We lost because they cheated. Outright and underhanded, they rigged the election and played us and their own base as fools.
            Plutocrats 20, liberals 0

          • JCF

            It’s BOTH.

      • FAEN

        While too many on our side went for purity and either didn’t vote or supported Johnson/Stein and here we are with this thin skinned maniac.

      • FAEN

        While too many on our side went for purity and either didn’t vote or supported Johnson/Stein and here we are with this thin skinned maniac.

  • Gustav2

    “Jeh Johnson, the homeland-security secretary…arranged a conference call with dozens of state officials, hoping to enlist their support. He ran into a wall of resistance. The reaction “ranged from neutral to negative,” Johnson said in congressional testimony Wednesday.”

    Homeland Security calls with the warnings and Ohio’s Jon Husted released a statement implying the Fed (Obama) was trying to take over the election.

    Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted wants feds to butt out on running state elections
    http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2016/09/secretary_of_state_jon_husted_13.html

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      So very much like his predecessor Ken Blackwell.

      • Gustav2

        I don’t think Husted is a complete Dominionist like Blackwell, complete asshole, yes,.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    So seems to me, Obama should have invoked every right wing, foaming-at-the mouth conspiracy theory and delayed or cancelled the elections. Prior to the election, he knew

    1). Putin ordered interference
    2). The DNC was hacked
    3). Flynn was under investigation
    4). Manafort was under investigation

    I think there may be even more than was known, but even with just the above, it is demonstrably true that the US was not (and is not) capable of conducting fair and honest elections.

    • Jonathan Smith

      delay or cancel? NO.
      put the info out there? yes

      • Gustav2

        It was released the same day as the Pussy Grab Tape and was ignored.

        • Butch

          But it was released in such a muted fashion that no one knew what to make of it. I really think this issue was one of Obama’s failings, and it was a big one. He should have spoken up and not worried about “thumb on the scale” or however it was phrased.

          • Jonathan Smith

            hmmm. “pussy grab dipshit” vs “Russia OWNS the country”…..don’t think they were yelling loud enough

          • William

            The word “Pussy” being said over and over on network news drowned out everything else. Space aliens could have landed at the Eiffel Tower and eaten tourists brains, and not even been noticed in the media here.

          • William

            The word “Pussy” being said over and over on network news drowned out everything else. Space aliens could have landed at the Eiffel Tower and eaten tourists brains, and not even been noticed in the media here.

          • William

            The word “Pussy” being said over and over on network news drowned out everything else. Space aliens could have landed at the Eiffel Tower and eaten tourists brains, and not even been noticed in the media here.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          And THAT was done on purpose and worked excellently.
          So excellently in fact they are still using that tactic.
          No wonder the repuglicans have such contempt for the idiot press

    • He did none of that because they’re always concerned about “how things look”

      Hillary was the only person with balls big enough to mention it and the Bernie bros shredded her to filth.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        How many years ago did Hillary correctly talk about the “vast right wing conspiracy” and was pilloried for it? Got I hated it when Hillary got pilloried.

        • Ninja0980

          She’s always been the only one with the guts to truly tell it like it is.

          • FAEN

            But her emails 🙄.

          • FAEN

            But her emails 🙄.

          • FAEN

            But her emails 🙄.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          U know a perfect example of that RW Conspiracy?
          Around the time this past prez election started, like almost 2 years ago now.
          The right wing media machine set out to defang and outright praise vladimr putin.
          When one looks back on that tactic now. One has to wonder if it wasnt coordinated such that the rightwing sheeple would be vacinated from getting upset and angry now that this country finds out the extent putin played our election.
          Like delegitimizing any perception of threat from russia before the crime happens. And doing such with full knowlege the crime is going to happen

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            Considering how long Trump has had dealings with the Russians, this is very plausible.

      • The_Wretched

        Um. No. If Hillary was willing to do more than Obama, that was never apparent on any level. – especially not on anything that would ‘rock the boat’. There were several items – include Garland’s stolen seat – that could have been major battles and we got ‘bide, wimper in the dark’ as the way forward.

        • Huh? Hillary was nowhere near the gubbermint when Scalia died.

          Another example of how Republicuunts don’t give a schit about how anything looked while Dems are always concerned about “fairness” and “civility”

          • The_Wretched

            (bully pulpits)

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          See what the dems are really to dim to understand is that any dealing with a republican should be viewed warily.
          You cant trust them. Period.

          • The_Wretched

            Obama was utterly magnificent on 90%+ of what he did. I disagreed on about 3 things – not rolling back anti-privacy crap, pre-negotiating away positions, and trying to ‘reach out’ well beyond the point of reason.

      • Adam Schmidt

        Obama did none of that because first and foremost he was a Constitutional Law professor. He believes in the Constitution and the ideas it stands for. And to deliberately throw a highly partisan election into a tailspin over foreign intervention would not only cast doubt on our election process but in the orderly transfer of power laid out in the Constitution. Over and over again in his presidency he avoided doing things we wanted him to do (play hardball with the Republicans for example, particularly during the healthcare debate) because he ultimately believes in the Constitution and that the two parties are supposed to work together for the betterment of the country. I admire his idealism even if I think he needs to temper it with a dose of realism.

        • BobSF_94117

          And where are we now? With a president chosen by Putin destroying our government, bit by bit and utterly undermining the democratic process as he does so.

          Obama made a mistake.

          • Adam Schmidt

            I think he should have publicized some of the information and taken a harder line with the states to secure the voting infrastructure.

            But that wasn’t my point, my point was that President Obama’s viewpoint has always been that of a Constitutional Law professor… i.e. someone who truly in the depths of his being believes in the Constitution. And to that end, if you really truly believe in the merit of our Constitution and the ideals it expresses, then you have to play by the rules or the rules cease to have meaning. It’s all great to say that we should play just as rough as the Republicans and that we should make shit up just like they do… but then how are we different than them?

          • BobSF_94117

            How is informing the public of an attack on our country and our system not “playing by the rules”?

            NOT letting the American public know the truth is “making up shit”.

            And we will pay for it for generations.

    • CanuckDon

      I imagine Obama knew if he made efforts to cancel the election that civil war would be inevitable.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        I think it still is. What do you think will happen if Trump is charged with crimes? Even if he resigns due to “health reasons” or to “spend more time with the family”? His unhinged base will blame the Democrats and violence will increase.

        • CanuckDon

          Oh definitely. I think most of the Republicans know if they remove Trump that they’d face major civil disruption. It’s why all of them tow the line. This really is the biggest goddamn mess in US history all due to one huge mess of a human being. One ray of hope would be if all wealthy individuals in the world tire of his BS like all of those in NYC have and conspire to take him down.

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            That’s why I think that he will be pressured to resign under the (private) threat of indictment or impeachment. He pardons Pence and his entire evil cabal on the way out the door, Pence becomes Prez and Trump invents a health crisis to earn the sympathy of his rabid base. [fake heart attack or stroke and instead of riots his base can be managed into “Retire and enjoy your success, you don’t deserve the attacks of those libtards”]

          • bzrd

            there is still money laundering which happened before he took over the white house so no need for the republikvunts and their no impeachment, maybe New York will get him

          • Skokieguy [Larry]

            But can a sitting President be indicted? I thought it ‘waits” till the term is over?

          • bzrd

            it’s difficult to find the answer because all references talk about crimes committed while president, the dump committed some crimes before 20 Jan. 2017

            Clinton was sued by Paula Jones while president but this is different

          • David L. Caster

            The “usual” justice system cannot take over until he is no longer president.

            “Impeachment is a very serious affair. This power of Congress is the ultimate weapon against officials of the federal government, and is a fundamental component of the constitutional system of “checks and balances.” In impeachment proceedings, the House of Representatives charges an official by approving, by majority vote, articles of impeachment. A committee of representatives, called “managers,” acts as prosecutors before the Senate. The Senate Chamber serves as the courtroom. The Senate becomes jury and judge, except in the case of presidential impeachment trials when the chief justice of the United States presides. The Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to convict, and the penalty for an impeached official is removal from office. In some cases, disqualification from holding future offices is also imposed. There is no appeal.

            Source: https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Senate_Impeachment_Role.htm

          • Steverino

            Yes, it is a rich man’s game, ultimately.

          • Steverino

            Yes, it is a rich man’s game, ultimately.

          • Steverino

            Yes, it is a rich man’s game, ultimately.

          • David L. Caster

            That’s toe the line, BTW. And, yes Republicans want to avoid blowback from their carefully cultivated and Frankensteinian angry base.

        • Butch

          I’m seriously afraid it’s going to increase on both sides, on the left because it seems that electoral politics are now so completely stacked against us, and I’m thinking the GOP health “care” bill will be one of the sparks.

          • Buford

            While I understand that the electoral infrastructure is biased in favor of rural conservatives, it’s hard to blame defeat on that when the data says only 30-40% of the population bothers to vote at all.

            THAT is the issue here. If everyone who supports progressive policies would actually get out and vote for those policies, we’d be in good shape.

        • Buford

          His ‘unhinged base’ represents about 15% of the US population, at most. If those morons want a civil war in the name of Trump, bring it on.

          • David L. Caster

            Be careful what you wish for. Revolutions have been brought about by smaller percentages of populations of large countries.

          • Buford

            I’m not ‘wishing’ for anything, but I’m also not gonna cave into unreasonable demands from a small group of whackos.

          • David L. Caster

            Understood. I was referring to armed insurrection. That 15% figure is probably low but most of those people would not take up arms anyway. I don’t think public policy should be pushed around by idiots either.

          • JCF

            Seriously. Those whackos are armed to the teeth—and TOO MANY of them have badges…

        • Jeffg166

          I don’t see an army of fat old white guys storming D.C. anytime else soon if trump is removed.

        • bzrd

          driving through the middle of nowhere from Wyoming Back to California yesterday, the only station available was the ‘ditto-man’ Rush saying how the Democrats are making up the russia thing so the dump can’t get anything done. “They are just obstructionists” he kept repeating

          • William

            If anyone should know about obstruction, it’s the human boulder.

      • Steverino

        It seems we already have been in a cold civil war for quite some time, characterized by political incivility originating from the right.

      • Steverino

        It seems we already have been in a cold civil war for quite some time, characterized by political incivility originating from the right.

      • Steverino

        It seems we already have been in a cold civil war for quite some time, characterized by political incivility originating from the right.

      • FAEN

        This will sound like right wing crazy talk but there is a chuck of the South that has never stopped fighting that war and believe wholeheartedly that ‘The South will rise again’. In rural communities especially this irrational hatred of ‘the North’ that they’ve never been to is extraordinary. I don’t think we will ever get rid of that kind of thinking.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Its not the North per se anymore. The North has morphed to anything liberal and intellectual.

      • FAEN

        This will sound like right wing crazy talk but there is a chuck of the South that has never stopped fighting that war and believe wholeheartedly that ‘The South will rise again’. In rural communities especially this irrational hatred of ‘the North’ that they’ve never been to is extraordinary. I don’t think we will ever get rid of that kind of thinking.

      • FAEN

        This will sound like right wing crazy talk but there is a chuck of the South that has never stopped fighting that war and believe wholeheartedly that ‘The South will rise again’. In rural communities especially this irrational hatred of ‘the North’ that they’ve never been to is extraordinary. I don’t think we will ever get rid of that kind of thinking.

      • The_Wretched

        A civil war with Obama as CiC and a victors stab at history >>> Donny the Traitor as CiC and us clutching at the shreds of our national dignity.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Should have follow through the right wings scare mongering he would take all the guns away.

    • Strepsi

      Obama was classy and procedural to a fault…. a party-ruining, country-ruining fault.

      He should have fired Comey the DAY Comey leaked, and he should have published the CIA report.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Keep this in mind: “The socialist black Kenyan Muslim is cancelling our election.” Yeah, that would have totally worked…to create armed revolt.

    • CottonBlimp

      I know we all like to suck Obama’s dick now, but this is a clear example of a despicable quality about his governing style, which was his patronizing view of the American people, that all us mere plebs shouldn’t have access to critical information about what’s going on in our government. The validity of our entire Democracy is threatened, and Obama thought it would be better if us simpletons didn’t know.

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • Grimes

      He is the master of projection

  • Rex

    Obama acted on what he thought was in the best interest of the county.
    Trumps acts on what he thinks is in his best interest.

    • MichaelJ

      If that is true, Obama’s sense of what is in the best interest of the country was a pretty poor. Before going public with whatever information about Russian hacking our government had, he should have first convened a joint meeting with high-ranking officials of both campaigns and perhaps Congressional leaders to let them know about the hacking. In that meeting he should have let them know he was going to go public about both the hacking and that he had shared knowledge of the hacking with the campaigns.

      • Rex

        I agree, it should have been handled differently, but Obama wasn’t thinking about his own interests.

  • geoffalnutt

    Goodbye Democrats…forever Apparently, you gave America away…through inaction? The Republicans have won? Goodbye America?

    • bambinoitaliano

      And it seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind…never knowing Putin hacked in when the election sets in…..

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    While I wish Obama had put the election on hold, I’m also too damn aware that there would have been waves of violence against him personally. He was already the focus of a lot of crazy BS as President. Imagine the amount of jackasses thinking “I hero. I slay evol black Kenyan dictator and become agent of Jeebus.” Hell, I can imagine GOP members of Congress thinking this.

  • ceeenbee

    O/T

    Can anyone, especially JMG, help? I love the sie but, every time I open it I get the following pop-up. I have tried clearing the website data on Safari. It does no good. From what I read it is a common phishing ploy to that someone may have maliciously attached to JMG. It is the only site where it pops up. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b87a468323450c833162bc4c1f6acc9ffd53ffaa85a9ba7d6a3e0ddac4bc776.png

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I have never seen that. You may have some malware? Have you tried running a virus scan program? Or an ad blocker?

    • jmax

      I get the same pop-up but only when I’m on my (Android) phone.

      • Piernudo15

        Same here. I get these pop-ups only on JMG and porn sites. I always ignore them.

        • jmax

          I only get them on JMG. I would never ever go to a porn site. In fact, I don’t even know what porn is : )

          • Tomcat

            Right!!!!

          • FAEN

            Ah…pious one, show us the way 😉

        • The_Wretched

          Avoid the sites that have this pop up.

    • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

      I’ve been getting a different pop-up when I click on a story via my phone, or worse I get that facebook-looking “you’ve won!” pop-up that then locks the browser and I have to restart.

    • safari

      I got that on my iphone.

    • Gustav2

      I get that when I use the iPad.

      • Steverino

        Yep. I just give an eyeroll and reload JMG.

    • Tomcat

      Haven’t you people heard of blockers?

    • TK

      I get that on my tablet. It’s fucking annoying. I’ve tried to clear cookies and history, did nothing.

    • TK

      I get that on my tablet. It’s fucking annoying. I’ve tried to clear cookies and history, did nothing.

    • TK

      I get that on my tablet. It’s fucking annoying. I’ve tried to clear cookies and history, did nothing.

    • Refugay

      I’m getting it-only on my iPhone.

    • Refugay

      I’m getting it-only on my iPhone.

    • Refugay

      I’m getting it-only on my iPhone.

    • FAEN

      Delete that page and go to JMG again. That seems to do it for me.

    • FAEN

      Delete that page and go to JMG again. That seems to do it for me.

    • FAEN

      Delete that page and go to JMG again. That seems to do it for me.

    • The_Wretched

      Mobile is getting hit with that hijack for me too about half the time.

    • JCF

      Huh. My online vehicle (desktop, Firefox, AdBlocker) has none of this…

      • ceeenbee

        It appears plenty of people do.

  • Halou

    If the document was convincing then he should have just thrown it out for the public. Sure the Obama administration had to decide whether or not doing so would highlight to the Russians how much their own operations are infiltrated and make it harder to repeat the feat in future, but if inaction means having America taken over by Russian agents then it is a risk worth taking.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Obama always fretting and taking the high road. Didnt want to release info and look partisan. And he got repaid by a republucan FBI director releasing info at the last moment and looking partisan….

  • Tread

    FUCK. FUUUUUUUUCK. I’M SO FUCKING ANGRY AT THIS.

  • worstcultever

    This country has been seized by Vlad and the pukes. At this point I think it will take a miracle to get it back.

    • FAEN

      Not a miracle-we just have to vote EN MASSE!

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Rats wont vote if theyre fat and happy. I dont see anything changing until something really bad occurs like an economic meltdown. Or a katrina

        • FAEN

          Economic meltdown on the way. And probably a war.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Trump says there was no Russian interference.

    • Tomcat

      And he knew FOR SURE they did. That is treason.

    • OdieDenCO

      there wasn’t, with the republicans.

    • William

      Putin told him so.

    • William

      Putin told him so.

    • William

      Putin told him so.

    • safari

      …and if there was it is Obama’s fault.

    • safari

      …and if there was it is Obama’s fault.

    • safari

      …and if there was it is Obama’s fault.

  • Friday

    This is probably why the Republicans were spewing nonsense about “Obama’s going to cancel the elections and we need armed revolution” among the Right.

    • Karl Dubhe

      They were shouting that crap in 2009… 🙂

    • Karl Dubhe

      They were shouting that crap in 2009… 🙂

    • Karl Dubhe

      They were shouting that crap in 2009… 🙂

    • FAEN

      But to be fair that’s what they said every day when Obama was in office.

  • Tomcat

    EVERYTHING should have been exposed to the public as soon as they verified events.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Unleash the pee pee tapes!!!

    • Joe in PA

      Ya know, I’m beginning to think that is the only way to wake people (and the media) up. Sex sells.

      • FAEN

        The Church groups(what fucking hypocrites THEY are)will just say it’s fake and continue to support him. They have been so desperate for a ‘win’ they will do anything to keep it.

        • Joe in PA

          My in-laws (very church-people) didn’t vote at all. Or at least that is what they told us. Before the election I remembered wondering how they were going to reconcile. But still they couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Hillary. 🙁

          • FAEN

            And if you ask they why I bet it will be linked to some crazy right wing conspiracy theory or that she wears pant suits. It’s never about Hillary’s actual stance or policy.

    • Joe in PA

      Ya know, I’m beginning to think that is the only way to wake people (and the media) up. Sex sells.

    • Joe in PA

      Ya know, I’m beginning to think that is the only way to wake people (and the media) up. Sex sells.

    • Bryan

      Maybe a sprinkling here or there…

  • tbj5

    After knowing all this (and this is easily less than half the full story), how can anyone explain Trump’s actions toward Russia (bowing and capitulating like a disgusting mewling lapdog) in a way that isn’t what it looks like: treason

  • safari

    Wow. Great article.

  • Talisman

    Obama’s biggest failure is that he actually tried to play fair.

    There is no excuse for him – this information should have been exposed.

    • Tomcat

      And your law degree is with what law school?

    • tbj5

      Obama plays the long game. His reasoning has always appeared to be to protect the perceived integrity of our election process and other institutions.

      And maybe that was blinding him to the severity of this all, and he didn’t think the odds of Putin sneaking a goal in were that high.

      But our issue right now is getting Trump in jail. We can chastise good men for making wrong, safe calls after that.

      • The_Wretched

        Fear based reasoning has erroded Dems at the Natl level to the point where I’ve been wondering if they have some sort of deal to not try to hard – like a boxer who doesn’t throw a fight but has an agreement to not really give it their all.

    • tbj5

      Obama plays the long game. His reasoning has always appeared to be to protect the perceived integrity of our election process and other institutions.

      And maybe that was blinding him to the severity of this all, and he didn’t think the odds of Putin sneaking a goal in were that high.

      But our issue right now is getting Trump in jail. We can chastise good men for making wrong, safe calls after that.

    • tbj5

      Obama plays the long game. His reasoning has always appeared to be to protect the perceived integrity of our election process and other institutions.

      And maybe that was blinding him to the severity of this all, and he didn’t think the odds of Putin sneaking a goal in were that high.

      But our issue right now is getting Trump in jail. We can chastise good men for making wrong, safe calls after that.

    • Silver Badger

      Playing fair with Republicans is a waste of time.

      • Strepsi

        Yes and he had 8 years to figure it out

    • Silver Badger

      Playing fair with Republicans is a waste of time.

    • Silver Badger

      Playing fair with Republicans is a waste of time.

    • MichaelJ

      No, playing fair would have been not hiding information about the hacking from the campaigns, other elected officials, and the public. That is what he should have done in the interest of trying to protect the integrity of the election process.

  • TuuxKabin

    They go low. We ask ’em to dirty hit us higher.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      When they go low, theyre squatting to take a big shit in our mouths…..

      • TuuxKabin

        They’ll have my size 13 up their butts. Damn things, my feet, keep getting larger with age. And I’ve still got an ol’ cheer leader kick behind ’em.

  • tbj5

    McConnell fucking threw our country under the bus for political points. His treason was rewarded by what? Getting GOP control of the entire federal government.

    And now he and the rest of the GOP act and behave like they never have to fear retribution from the people they work for. Because until these cretins are locked up for their crimes, against the nation or otherwise, they’re right.

  • tbj5

    McConnell fucking threw our country under the bus for political points. His treason was rewarded by what? Getting GOP control of the entire federal government.

    And now he and the rest of the GOP act and behave like they never have to fear retribution from the people they work for. Because until these cretins are locked up for their crimes, against the nation or otherwise, they’re right.

  • tbj5

    McConnell fucking threw our country under the bus for political points. His treason was rewarded by what? Getting GOP control of the entire federal government.

    And now he and the rest of the GOP act and behave like they never have to fear retribution from the people they work for. Because until these cretins are locked up for their crimes, against the nation or otherwise, they’re right.

  • TK

    So at what point will any of this matter? The media is useless at focusing on this.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/548ab169ac609e399bfb65087f36c11605bb7bfcfb1efd17c1e2452bb4219b06.gif

    • safari

      In theory any release from Mueller will put this on every front page.

    • safari

      In theory any release from Mueller will put this on every front page.

    • safari

      In theory any release from Mueller will put this on every front page.

    • Bryan

      For weeks journalists asked, “where there tapes?”
      JFC, of course there were never any tapes. This is what Donald does to attempt to manipulate people. They need to stop playing his game and figure out a new strategy to deal with him.

  • TK

    So at what point will any of this matter? The media is useless at focusing on this.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/548ab169ac609e399bfb65087f36c11605bb7bfcfb1efd17c1e2452bb4219b06.gif

  • TK

    So at what point will any of this matter? The media is useless at focusing on this.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/548ab169ac609e399bfb65087f36c11605bb7bfcfb1efd17c1e2452bb4219b06.gif

  • Silver Badger

    Let this be a lesson to us. Playing nice with Republicans is a criminal waste of time.

  • Silver Badger

    Let this be a lesson to us. Playing nice with Republicans is a criminal waste of time.

  • Silver Badger

    Let this be a lesson to us. Playing nice with Republicans is a criminal waste of time.

  • Joe in PA

    This just seems like old news. Long before the elections, 17 intelligence agencies said the same thing. It got no traction. What do we have to do to make this MEAN something?

  • Joe in PA

    This just seems like old news. Long before the elections, 17 intelligence agencies said the same thing. It got no traction. What do we have to do to make this MEAN something?

  • Joe in PA

    This just seems like old news. Long before the elections, 17 intelligence agencies said the same thing. It got no traction. What do we have to do to make this MEAN something?

  • Buford

    I’ll state the obvious… this whole ‘attack’ would have been a non-issue if not for idiot American voters who were so easily swayed by the contents of leaked emails, fake news stories, and whatever opinionated nonsense The Man In The TeeVee™ said on any given day.

    If Americans don’t learn how to actually get informed, we’re doomed

    • -M-

      I agree with most of that, but actually when the Republicans &/or the Russians shave off a few percent of their opponents’ votes by purging voters or manufacturing selective delays that discourage them from voting it can make a huge difference in election outcomes. Especially coming on top of things like gerrymandering for house districts and the electoral college for the presidential election.

  • Buford

    I’ll state the obvious… this whole ‘attack’ would have been a non-issue if not for idiot American voters who were so easily swayed by the contents of leaked emails, fake news stories, and whatever opinionated nonsense The Man In The TeeVee™ said on any given day.

    If Americans don’t learn how to actually get informed, we’re doomed

  • Buford

    I’ll state the obvious… this whole ‘attack’ would have been a non-issue if not for idiot American voters who were so easily swayed by the contents of leaked emails, fake news stories, and whatever opinionated nonsense The Man In The TeeVee™ said on any given day.

    If Americans don’t learn how to actually get informed, we’re doomed

  • Joe in PA
    • FAEN

      You only think Obama was weak and Cheeto gave our country respect if you’re living in a completely partisan world aka Cluster Fox, InfoWars etc.

    • Tread

      Jesus, fuck. I’m ready to crack some skulls.

  • greenmanTN

    I’m still a bit confused by why Obama didn’t, oh I don’t know, TELL THE PUBLIC ABOUT IT?!

    For a short while after the November election, I was willing to accept that while Russian trolls and bots were used to support Trump and spread misinformation about Hillary on social media and comment sections, but it didn’t go beyond that.

    Now I suspect that voting machines in some places WERE hacked, changing the tallies to favor Trump. Several things I’ve read about this indicate that these systems, with no paper trail & connected to the internet, were left unguarded, their security functions were left open, so this was able to occur. Who left the doors open?

    • Tiger Quinn

      It would have endangered ongoing investigations, and would have put agents and soldiers, aka assets, at risk. I’m angry too, but I doubt he was willing to have people murdered so we could be told WHAT WE WERE BEING TOLD BY HILLARY IN FUCKING PUBLIC.

      • greenmanTN

        I get it, sort of, but one analogy which seems applicable is “We had evidence that an arsonist was planning an attack, but we didn’t want to compromise our investigation so we let him burn down the house with everyone trapped inside.”

        There was much speculation during the primaries about what influence Russia was having, but it seems they had proof and evidence of it but did not reveal it to the public.

    • -M-

      If voting machines were hacked, and there’s no reason to assume they weren’t, it was probably by Republicans. However you don’t have to change people’s votes to change the outcome of an election, selectively suppressing voter access or turnout is enough. And of course delegitimization of his opposition is another goal in its own right for Putin. So, in addition to the various Republican voter suppression efforts and the trollbots spreading disinformation and propaganda during the campaign, the Russians could have purged some Democratic leaning voters’ registration & also created delays at polling places in Democratic leaning areas to shave a few percentage points off the Democratic totals.

      • greenmanTN

        Oh believe me, I get that part too. Voter suppression, gerrymandering, and several other tactics played a huge part. Perhaps stupidly, if voting machines were hacked I see that as much more immediate assault on the democratic process, in fact invalidates it completely.

        First priority from here forward, ALL voting must leave a paper trail that can be checked against electronic tallies. Without it there can be no faith in election results.

        • -M-

          Gerrymandering and voter suppression aren’t any less of an assault on the democratic process if you think about it. They’re all ways for the pols to decide the outcome of elections rather than the voters whose interests they are supposed to be representing.

          If they put you in a district where your vote doesn’t matter or make it impractical for a significant chunk of the people who would vote with you to vote, then the result is the same as changing the vote on your ballot not allowing you to vote in the first place. If anything they’re more insidious than explicit disenfranchisement because they maintain the outward appearance of free elections without the substance.

          • greenmanTN

            They are an assault on voting rights and democracy, no doubt about that, but they take place before an election and there is the potential that they can be remedied via the court system or political action. But if the vote count itself is manipulated through outside means, hacking or whatever, then all hope is lost and everything that came before is beside the point.

            I strongly suspect there was outside interference with voting machines in at least some areas in “battleground states,” but even if a complete expose’ came out tomorrow which laid out every step and detail of how it was done and who did it, there is no mechanism in the Constitution for a do-over.

          • -M-

            I see what you’re saying with regard to gerrymandering and official changes to voting requirements and availability of polling stations, but targeted disruptions and illicit tampering with registration records have their effect on Election Day too and they’re relatively easy and stealthy compared to vote tampering.

  • Gigi

    “You need a subscription to continue.” 🙁

    • Sam_Handwich

      hmm…. i don’t hit a paywall. can you only view so many articles a month and you’ve reached a limit?

      • Gigi

        I believe so.

      • -M-

        Yes.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Have you tried opening in a private or incognito window?

      • Gigi

        Didn’t work.

        • stuckinthewoods

          It’s an interesting article.
          Some time ago someone observed on JMG about pay wall items that googling the title of the article brings up a link in search results that works around the paywall. I just did that, googling “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia” and got a WaPo link that opened. Hope it works although I didn’t have problem with the incognito.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Behind a paywall.

    • safari

      Open the link in a private widow or incognito mode.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • safari
    • Sam_Handwich

      oops you beat me to it!

  • Look for a new Blizzard of snowflakes..
    !! OMG, Johnny Depp takes the stage at Glastonbury Festival: ‘When is the last time an actor assassinated a president?’ !!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF4_CuHjXE8

    Ooooh churl! Them fightin’ words! I wonder if Depp will receive the same type of Republican backlash that Kathy Griffin did, or if his male privilege will allow him to say this persecution? (PS. Spoiler ALERT: Actor John Wilkes Booth was an American actor who murdered President Abraham Lincoln.)

    http://www.omgblog.com/2017/06/omg-johnny-depp-takes-stage-glastonbury-festival-last-time-actor-assassinated-president.php/

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Tread

      FUCK. FUUUUUUUUUUUCK.

    • bzrd

      where’s the closest open manhole

      • TampaDink

        I’m right here. Oh wait, that is probably not what you meant.

        • bzrd

          in these times, always need a good laugh

          • TampaDink

            I’m here to help.

    • TampaDink

      Her brain must be as haggard as her face.

      • bzrd

        have you looked at oatmeal lately?

        • TampaDink

          Not recently….but oatmeal is alleged to be good for the body. Kellyanne, not so much.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      I hate to say this, but in other countries, she would be called a liar on TV by the interviewer for being so dishonest. What is it with “journalists” in the U.S. today? Call her, Miller and most especially Jeffrey Lord liars and untrustworthy people to their faces. It’s not as if they could sue because fake-god knows there’s enough evidence to back it up in court. So why the constant pussy footing. Go in for the kill, leave none alive, as it were.

  • Jeffg166

    He really should have said something only to encourage all the people who thought Hillary had it in the bag and didn’t bother to vote. Yes, he would have been ridiculed but we wouldn’t have the shit show we now have if he said something to get out the vote.

  • MassageBear

    What concerns me is how our foreign adversaries will act against the country or otherwise try to take advantage as all this political fighting weakens the USA.

    North Korea: Trump a 'psychopath' who may launch strike to distract from US problems https://t.co/o95NSiv3cv pic.twitter.com/tRpIMkSGT0— McSpocky™ 👽🖖 (@mcspocky) June 23, 2017

  • netxtown

    I’m going to call bullshit – at a certain level. Trump damned well knew – either from US intelligence or directly from the Russians (via Manafort or Lynn?) the election had been hacked and his win was all but a done deal. The orange sonofabitch even said so in his campaigns that if he didn’t win the election was hacked. In other words, if he didn’t win, someone in the US would have to unfuck the fuck.

    As for Obama – shame on him. How can you preserve the election and remain silent of its intentional skewering? Of course, he couldn’t go straight to the public as the GOP would have gone off the rails. If he revealed it all privately to Dems and Rethug leadership – the Dems would have run to the public to protect Hillary, and the Repugs would have played their Trump victim card. There was no winning – but holding a fraudulent election has disenfranchised the people by forcing a fraudulently elected regime into power.

    It’s up to the people now to reclaim. These fucking politicians who keep putting party before country need to be thrown out of office. ANYONE who had ANY knowledge of ANY of it and did nothing is complicit. They are ALL guilty of allowing a foreign power to interfere in OUR elections.Call it a witch hunt. Call it McCarthyism. Call it whatever the hell it needs to be called to clean the bastards out of office. WE have a responsibility to protect our Constitution. We have no obligation to protect politicians.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    “an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the
    White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only”
    instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President
    Barack Obama and three senior aides.”

    And that’s why everyone knows all about it now.

    • David L. Caster

      Yes, well after the information could have been used to save the integrity of the election—or influence its outcome.

      That’s the problem with secrets in what is supposed to be an open society.

  • JCF

    Rethug talking heads: “Obama politicized this story!”