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It only describes how Russians used social media to create splits among Americans and wage particularly vicious attacks on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to improve Trump's chances of victory.

While Trump and even some Democrats have criticized the Obama administration for not speaking up enough on Russia's actions before the election, Obama did take some steps to reprimand the country.

Those TV commentators called it proof that he had not won the election on his own, a particularly galling, if not completely accurate, charge for a president long concerned about his legitimacy.

President Donald Trump and his staff mislead and flat-out lie more often than any administration in our lifetimes.

And he asserted that the Russians were "laughing their asses off" because the efforts to investigate and combat Moscow's meddling had only given the Russians what they wanted.

Second, last summer Congress passed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which strengthens measures against Russian Federation (as well as Iran and North Korea).

The Obama administration did take some actions toward Russian Federation before the election, but its most significant retaliatory measure came after Trump's victory.

As he shunned the golf course over the weekend, he instead spent time mingling with his supporters, including Geraldo Rivera. They worked to spread lies about voter fraud around the same time that Trump began spreading those lies himself.

Trump's tweet is his latest attack on his attorney general over Russia and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, which returned 13 indictments against Russians last week for their alleged role in meddling in the 2016 election.

Mueller's indictment outlines a sophisticated operation with three primary goals: to help elect Donald Trump as president of the United States; to undermine faith in our democratic institutions; and to stoke polarization by turning Americans against one another.

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When ordinary Americans unwittingly magnified Russian efforts by reposting their material on social media, and attending demonstrations they organized, the Russians no doubt felt that their investment was paying dividends.

After the heartbreaking and evil massacre of students and teachers in Florida, Russian bots started tweeting thousands of automatic responses of all kinds of nonsense to further divide us over the issue of gun control, mental illness (which exists everywhere but results in school massacres only in the U.S.) and the peculiarly American issue of whether teens who can't buy beer or rent cars have a constitutional right to buy as many assault rifles as they want.

In September 2017, the Department of Homeland Security notified 21 states that efforts were made by "Russian government cyberactors" to hack their elections systems in the 2016 presidential election.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, a former Republican US senator, testified there should be no doubt that Russian Federation views its efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential campaign as successful.

Trump's accusations and blame game took a surprising turn Sunday when Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, agreed with the president to a certain extent.

The Associate Press reports, "Facebook has uncovered about 3,000 Russian-linked ads on the site and Instagram bought before and after the November 2016 election that it says may have been seen by as many as 150 million users". The nation's intelligence agencies believe that it is not possible to make such a calculation about the election outcome.

Taking to Twitter, Trump said that the meddling occurred while Obama was in office and asked why his predecessor didn't intervene.

"That will cost us quite a bit of money I'm sure in terms of lost opportunity", Trump Jr. said of deals that he claims have been set aside or have been turned down in order to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest.

Trump has already claimed the investigation has vindicated him on the question of whether his team colluded with Russian Federation. Obama personally warned Russian President Vladimir Putin not to tamper in the polls.

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