Alleged Russian Election Hacking: President Obama Demands Full Review Of 2016 Election Process [Video]

Patricia Ramirez

On Friday, the White House announced that President Obama has demanded a full review of potential Russian election hacking activities. In fact, the outgoing POTUS has ordered that the alleged Russian behavior and hacking aimed at meddling in the free election process of the United States be investigated not just for the disputed 2016 election cycle, but all the way back to 2008.

The news of President Obama's Russian election hacking review was first broken at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast by White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco. She told those in attendance that the president's order was based on the shocking outcome of the 2016 election cycle.

"The President has directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process. It is to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders. This is consistent with the work that we did over the summer to engage Congress on the threats that we were seeing."

"You want to do so very attentive to not disclosing sources and methods that would impede our ability to identify and attribute malicious actors in the future."

"He expects to get a report prior to him leaving office."

The Russian government has, in fact, responded to the news that President Obama has demanded an investigation into Russian election hacking activities going back years. According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Russia wants the United States to provide evidence that Russia has engaged in any kind of illegal or inappropriate activities involving the U.S. election process.

"We are also very interested in understanding what they accused Russia of. Many times the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Minister Lavrov have asked Americans to provide full information. But never had any response."

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has promised to "go after" Russia, adding that he wants Russian President Vladimir Putin to "pay" for that nation's election interference.

"I'm going after Russia in every way you can go after Russia. I think they're one of the most destabilizing influences on the world stage, I think they did interfere with our elections, and I want Putin personally to pay a price."

"Given President-elect Trump's disturbing refusal to listen to our intelligence community and accept that the hacking was orchestrated by the Kremlin, there is an added urgency to the need for a thorough review before President Obama leaves office next month. More than that, the administration must begin to take steps to respond forcefully to this blatant cyber meddling, and work with our allies in Europe who have been targets of similar attacks to impose costs on the Kremlin; if we do not, we can expect to see a lot more of this in the near future."

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