Look: President Obama Orders Full Investigation of Russian Involvement in Election Hacking

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22:  President Barack Obama speaks during the 2016 Presidential Medal Of Freedom ceremony at the White House on November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage)

Look: President Obama Orders Full Investigation of Russian Involvement in Election Hacking

He plans to share the findings before leaving office.

Published December 9, 2016

President Barack Obama has officially ordered a "full review" of the Russian related cyber attacks that may have influenced the 2016 presidential election, a White House official said during a breakfast on Friday.

Lisa Monaco, Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, made the announcement, which echoes similar requests made by congressional Democrats, reported Politico.

"We may be crossed into a new threshold and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what this means, what has happened and to impart those lessons learned," Monaco told reporters.

Monaco then went on to say that the findings from the review will be shared with "a range of stakeholders," including members of Congress.

In October, the Obama administration accused the Russian government of directing a digital campaign to disrupt the U.S. election. During the campaigns, emails and documents from some Democratic leadership groups were shared online through WikiLeaks and other suspicious websites.

Hackers reportedly linked to Russia also breached the personal email accounts of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, and several Democratic staffers.

Although there has been a push to investigate these claims, Trump has repeatedly rejected the intelligence community’s conclusion about the election-related cyberattacks. He believed these allegations were motivated by biased politics. 

  1. Upon hearing the announcement, many showed their support on Twitter
  2. While some anticipated an immature response from President-elect Trump
  3. And most have never believed the phrase 'better late than never' so much in their life

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Leigh Vogel/WireImage)


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