Talk show host Rush Limbaugh, in a Monday Facebook post, pointed out the duplicity of the Obama administration in calling for an election review for Russian interference in the election when only two weeks it called the vote “free and fair and from a cybersecurity perspective.”
On Friday, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco, said, “The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process,” adding, “This is consistent with the work that we did over the summer to engage Congress on the threats that we were seeing.”
President Obama wants the review completed before President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20 Monaco stated.
Limbaugh posted an article from The Hill noting the president and his administration were defending the integrity of the election just a few weeks ago.
On Nov. 26, “they’re claiming that everything was fine and aboveboard; the Russians did not succeed. And yet Obama is now ordering a review of Russian election-related hacking!” wrote Limbaugh.
The Hill reported that the administration said at that time it was “confident in the overall integrity of electoral infrastructure” and that the “elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”
A senior administration official also told Politico in late November, “We stand behind our election results, which accurately reflect the will of the American people.”
“The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyberactivity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on election day,” the official added. “We believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”
As reported by Western Journalism, Trump highlighted the double standard he believes to be in play with the Russian hacking story, noting if Democrat Hillary Clinton had won and he and Republicans were making the allegations, they would be called “conspiracy” theorists.
Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked the president-elect over the weekend, “According to The Washington Post, the CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the election to help you win the presidency. Your reaction?”
“I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it. I don’t know why, and I think it’s just — you know, they talked about all sorts of things. Every week, it’s another excuse,” Trump replied.
Clinton indicated in a speech last Thursday night she felt “fake news” promulgated on social media had influenced the outcome of the election.
Last month, Clinton also pointed to FBI Director James Comey’s announcement regarding reopening the investigation into the former secretary of state’s handling of classified information as changing the outcome Nov. 8. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid repeated that charge Monday.
As reported by Western Journalism, the Clinton campaign is backing efforts by a handful of electors to be briefed by the Obama administration’s intelligence community regarding foreign involvement in the election. The 10 electors (nine Democrats, one Republican) want briefing prior to the Electoral College vote Dec. 19.
The intent would most certainly be to pass along any information they receive they felt might sway electors to change their votes.