Obama ties election hack to Putin, knocks ‘weaker’ Russia #corruption #theresistance #russiagate



President Obama on Friday tied election-year hacks of Democrats to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and warned Republicans that “Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave” if he saw so many in the GOP expressing fondness for leaders in Moscow.

“Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin,” Obama told reporters at his final press conference of 2016. “I will let you make that determination as to whether there are high-level Russian officials who go off rogue and decide to tamper with the U.S. election process without Vladimir Putin knowing about it.”

The president promised unspecific and potentially secret retaliation against Russia, telling Putin, “We can do stuff to you,” and took pains to belittle Moscow’s influence over world affairs.

“The Russians can’t change us or significantly weaken us,” he said. “They are a smaller country, they are a weaker country, their economy doesn’t produce anything that anyone wants to buy except oil and gas and arms. They don’t innovate. But they can impact us if we lose track of who we are. They can impact us if we abandon our values.

Obama pointed to a public opinion poll that, he said, showed 37 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Putin, blaming the “fierceness of partisan battle” in the United States for driving Americans into the arms of a historic foe. During the campaign, Donald Trump often heaped praise on Putin, whom he labeled a stronger leader than the U.S. president.

“Over a third of Republican voters approve of Vladimir Putin, the former head of the KGB,” Obama said. “Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave.

Asked whether his administration will provide evidence to back up charges of Russian meddling, Obama gave a guarded response.

“We will provide evidence that we can safely provide, that does not compromise sources and methods. But I’ll be honest with you, when you are talking about cybersecurity, a lot of it is classified and we’re not going to provide it, because the way we catch folks is by knowing certain things about them that they may not want us to know, and if we’re going to monitor this stuff effectively going forward, we don’t want them to know that we know.

But he expressed disbelief that Americans would trust Putin’s word over statements from the U.S. spy community. His comments came shortly after it was disclosed that the FBI agrees with the CIA’s conclusions that Russia targeted Democrats with the aim of helping Trump win on Nov. 8.

“This is one of those situations where, unless the American people genuinely think that the professionals in the CIA, the FBI, our entire intelligence infrastructure — many of whom, by the way, served in previous administrations, and who are Republicans — are less trustworthy than the Russians, then people should pay attention to what our intelligence agencies say,” Obama said.

Obama said he had confronted Putin during a September meeting about the cyberintrusions, telling the Russian leader to “cut it out.” He said he had delivered a similar warning to President Xi Jinping of China, which U.S. officials have blamed for major cyberattacks against the U.S. government and American firms.

And he promised that Moscow would pay a price for its alleged interference.

“Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia or others not to do this to us because we can do stuff to you, but it is also important for us to do that in a thoughtful, methodical way,” Obama said. “Some of it we do publicly. Some of it we will do in a way that they know but not everybody will.”

Trump and some of his top aides have played down the potential impact of Russia’s alleged actions and cast doubt on the CIA’s findings. Last Friday, Trump’s transition team dismissed those findings, saying in a statement, “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”

At his press conference, Obama said the back-and-forth between the White House and the incoming administration would not hamper cooperation on the transfer of power.

“I think they would be the first to acknowledge that we have done everything we can to make sure that they are successful, as I promised, and that will continue,” he said.

Obama repeatedly emphasized the importance of a free and independent news media, but also took aim at the press over its widespread coverage of leaked emails linked to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“You guys wrote about it every day, every single leak about every little juicy tidbit of political gossip, including John Podesta’s risotto recipe,” the president said. “This was an obsession that dominated the news coverage.”

As a result, he said, “I don’t think she was treated fairly during the election. I think the coverage of her and the issues was troubling.

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  1. Set Up??? Did Russia leaked Trump’s tax return and rig election for Clinton and Uranium deal? Trump attacked by several women on groping accusation after 2nd debate was planned as early as in September of 2015 based on Clinton’s tweet below.
    In 1991, Mrs. Clinton called the onslaught of women accusing her husband of sexual misconduct or consensual infidelity as the “bimbo eruption.” (http://www.dailywire.com/news/9585/9-times-hillary-clinton-threatened-smeared-or-amanda-prestigiacomo)
    Hillary Clinton tweeted in September of 2015 that every sex-assault survivor has “the right to be believed.” (http://nypost.com/2016/08/15/hillarys-site-edits-sexual-assault-pledge-after-rape-claims-against-bill-resurface/)
    It was Clinton conspiring with mainstream media to elevate Trump and then tear him down.( http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-12/martin-armstrong-exposes-real-clinton-conspiracy-which-backfired-dramatically)
    Busted: Trump Sex Allegations Full of Holes (http://www.infowars.com/busted-trump-sex-allegations-full-of-holes/)
    Both Ivana Trump and Marla Maples refuse to speak poorly of their ex-husband Donald Trump (http://www.inquisitr.com/3049401/marla-maples-says-she-only-received-2-million-in-donald-trump-divorce-not-paid-to-remain-quiet-about-former-husband/)
    Former Miss Teen Slams Media Witch Hunt Against Trump: He Was “An Absolute Gentleman” (http://www.infowars.com/former-miss-teen-slams-media-witch-hunt-against-trump-he-was-an-absolute-gentleman/)
    Another Former Miss Teen USA Defends Trump on Dressing Room Allegations (http://www.infowars.com/former-miss-teen-usa-defends-trump-on-allegations/)
    Centerfolds defend Trump: 'Barbi Twins' say he was always 'a perfect gentleman' at parties, clubs and casino events and never took advantage of beautiful women who were 'all over him' (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3843884/Centerfolds-defend-Trump-Barbi-Twins-say-perfect-gentleman-parties-clubs-casino-events-never-took-advantage-beautiful-women-him.html)
    Trump's ex-girlfriend says she was misquoted by the NY Times (

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    When the Clintons Loved Russia Enough to Sell Them Our Uranium (http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/25/flashback-clintons-loved-russia-enough-sell-uranium/)
    Wikileaks: Clinton Foundation Chatter with State Dept on Uranium Deal with Russia (http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/10/08/wikileaks-putting-on-all-of-your-radars-clinton-foundation-warns-hillarys-campaign-grassley-asking-about-uranium-deal/

  2. Republican electors show your integrity and loyalty to your states on 12/19. Blue state electors using your common sense to vote for Trump since it was a rigged election for Clinton starting from the beginning such that Bernie lost based on leaked DNC emails. Trump’s rallies turned violent, Trump was attacked by Khizr Khan in DNC convention. Trump has been attacked by mainstream media since he was the GOP presidential candidate. Presidential debates were rigged for Clinton. Trump’s tax return and Trump’s 2005 private conversation with Billy Bush were leaked. Then Trump was attacked by several women on groping accusations, which were stopped by planned lawsuits. Polls were rigged for Clinton to support possible Clinton win. Then voting machines and scanners were rigged for Clinton. Also massive absentee ballots went to Clinton. Jill Stein’s recount reveals voting fraud in Detroit and surrounding area for Clinton. Now super rich globalists are planning to use ‘Russian Interference’, after “Recount Fail” and “One Week before electoral vote”, as an excuse to steal power from Trump and election from middle/working class.

    All electors, don’t let super rich globalists to fool you by using your common sense and voting for Trump if it is legal in your states. The fact is when Clinton campaign chairman’s emails were leaked to reveal Clinton’s corruption this October, mainstream media ignored leaked emails and were busy on reporting Trump’s groping accusations and attacking Trump. Whenever DNC and Clinton campaign emails leaked, Obama and Clinton will accuse Russia hacking to distract voters from contents of leaked emails. Obviously “White House Didn’t Want Recounts To Reveal Voting/Voter Frauds”, especially in large cities where those area went heavily for Clinton and absentee ballots, such that Clinton will not only "Lose" electoral votes but also "Popular Votes" in this election.

    Obviously “White House Didn’t Want Recounts To Reveal Voting/Voter Frauds”, especially in large cities where those area went heavily for Clinton and absentee ballots, such that Clinton will not only "Lose" electoral votes but also "Popular Votes" in this election.

    Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy (http://observer.com/2016/07/wikileaks-proves-primary-was-rigged-dnc-undermined-democracy/)
    Undercover Videos Allegedly Expose DNC, Hillary Collaborating to Incite Violence At Trump Rallies (http://www.dailywire.com/news/10018/undercover-videos-allegedly-expose-dnc-hillary-amanda-prestigiacomo)
    Hillary Clinton And Donna Brazile are personally implicated to organize a smear campaign over Trump's failure to release his tax returns. (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-24/project-veritas-video-3)
    New Podesta Email Exposes Playbook For Rigging Polls Through "Oversamples" (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-23/new-podesta-email-exposes-dem-playbook-rigging-polls-through-oversamples)
    Dad of fallen Muslim soldier's powerful DNC speech (Khizr Khan full speech) (

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    Biased Lester Holt Asked Trump 15 Questions, Guess How Many Hillary Got? (http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/debate-numbers-lester-holt-heres-proof-the-debate-was-rigged/) .
    Watch CBS Moderator Repeatedly Challenge Pence in VP Debate (http://www.mrctv.org/blog/watch-cbs-moderator-repeatedly-attack-pence-vp-debate).
    WSJ: ‘Nation Now Has Proof’ of Hillary Scandals, But Leftist Media ‘Devote Its Front Pages to the Trump Story’ (http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/10/14/wsj-nation-now-proof-hillary-scandals-leftist-media-devote-front-pages-trump-story/)
    Texas Rigged? Reports Of Voting Machines Switching Votes To Hillary In Texas (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-25/texas-rigged-first-reports-voting-machines-switching-votes-hillary-texas)
    Texas County Enacts "Emergency Paper Ballots" After "Software Glitch" In Voting Machines(http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-26/texas-county-enacts-emergency-paper-ballots-after-software-glitch-voting-machines)
    Voting Machine "Irregularities" Reported in Utah, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, & North Carolina (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-08/voting-machine-irregularities-reported-utah-tennessee-pennsylvania-north-carolina)
    Video: Machine Refuses to Allow Vote For Trump in Pennsylvania (http://www.infowars.com/video-machine-refuses-to-allow-vote-for-trump-in-pennsylvania/)
    Is Jill Stein’s Recount an Attempt to Steal the Election For Hillary? Recounts will only take place in states where Trump won. Hillary won New Hampshire, Minnesota & Nevada by fewer votes than Trump won Pennsylvania, but there will be no recount in any of those three states. (http://www.infowars.com/is-jill-steins-recount-an-attempt-to-steal-the-election-for-hillary/)
    BREAKING: Massive Voter Fraud Discovered In Pennsylvania! See Huge Twist In Results! (http://www.usapoliticstoday.com/massive-voter-fraud-pennsylvania/)
    “Voting Fraud” revealed during recount: Old scanners were used to count one vote many times to favor Clinton in Detroit and surrounding areas where those area went heavily for Clinton, and are the only reason the state of Michigan was even close, as most of the rest of the state went solidly for Trump (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-06/michigan-republicans-file-emergency-motion-halt-recount-another-major-snag-emerges)
    White House insists hackers didn't sway election, even as recount begins (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/white-house-hackers-election-recount-231849)

    Did Russian hack emails in this election to favor Trump?
    Intelligence agencies are refusing to brief members of Congress on claims that Russia hacked the U.S. presidential election, as Rep. Peter King charged that false information is being leaked to the media as part of a disinformation campaign to discredit Donald Trump (http://www.infowars.com/russian-hacking-a-disinformation-campaign-against-trump-says-congressman/)
    FBI Disputes CIA's "Fuzzy And Ambiguous" Claims That Russia Sought To Influence Presidential Election (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-12/fbi-disputes-cias-fuzzy-and-ambiguous-claims-russia-sought-influence-presidential-el)
    Top US Spy Agency Refuses To Endorse CIA's Russian Hacking Assessment Due To "Lack Of Evidence" (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-12/top-us-spy-agency-refuses-endorse-cias-russian-hacking-assessment-due-lack-evidence)
    Bolton: Alleged Russian Hacks Into DNC and RNC Might Be ‘False Flag’ By Other Country, Intel Has Been Politicized (http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/12/12/bolton-alleged-russian-hacks-into-dnc-and-rnc-might-be-false-flag-by-other-country-intel-has-been-politicized/)
    Reince Priebus Challenges Chuck Todd: ‘What’s Your Source’? (http://www.infowars.com/reince-priebus-challenges-chuck-todd-whats-your-source/)
    EXCLUSIVE: Ex-British ambassador who is now a WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Clinton emails – they were handed over to him at a D.C. park by an intermediary for 'disgusted' Democratic whistleblowers (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4034038/Ex-British-ambassador-WikiLeaks-operative-claims-Russia-did-NOT-provide-Clinton-emails-handed-D-C-park-intermediary-disgusted-Democratic-insiders.html)
    Julian Assange Ends The Suspense: "The Source Of Hacked Emails Is Not Russia" (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-03/julian-assange-ends-suspense-source-hacked-emails-not-russia)
    JUDGE : US intelligence agency leaked emails to sabotage Clinton’s campaign for her private email server (

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    “There is a plan to steal the election from the American people and Trump” — C.I.A. pushing for new election? (http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/there-is-a-plan-to-steal-the-election-from-the-american-people-and-trump-c-i-a-pushing-for-new-election_12122016)
    British diplomat blames Dems for election leaks; White House says Trump ‘obviously’ knew of hacking (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/14/white-house-says-us-more-vulnerable-hacking-russia/)
    Trump turns on White House over its claims he knew about Russian hacking storming: 'Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?' (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4036864/Obama-s-White-House-disgraceful-irresponsible-claiming-Trump-knew-Russian-hacking-says-Kellyanne.html)
    Obama shrugs off Russian hacking — until Donald Trump elected president (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/13/obama-shrugs-off-russian-hacking-until-donald-trum/)
    Trump: I'm 'being sarcastic' about Russia and Clinton's emails (http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/289581-trump-im-being-sarcastic-on-russia)

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