The Obama administration didn’t respond more forcefully to Russian
hacking before the presidential election because they didn’t want
to appear to be interfering in the election and they thought that
Hillary Clinton was going to win and a potential cyber war with
Russia wasn’t worth it, multiple high-level government officials
told NBC News.
“They thought she was going to win, so they were willing to kick
the can down the road,” said one U.S official familiar with the
level of Russian hacking.
The administration did take action in response to the hack prior
to the election. In September, President Obama privately
confronted Vladimir Putin about the hacks at the G-20 summit in
China. He warned the Russian President of unspecified consequences
if the hacks continued.
This is what I suspected, but it hurts to hear it. This is a profound stain on Obama’s legacy.