Since the moment of the release of the Mueller report, people in the media have been struggling to find ways to use it against Trump.
One man however, thinks the Mueller report makes Obama look particularly bad.
Scott Jennings writes at CNN:
Mueller’s report looks bad for Obama
The partisan warfare over the Mueller report will rage, but one thing cannot be denied: Former President Barack Obama looks just plain bad. On his watch, the Russians meddled in our democracy while his administration did nothing about it.
The Mueller report flatly states that Russia began interfering in American democracy in 2014. Over the next couple of years, the effort blossomed into a robust attempt to interfere in our 2016 presidential election.
The Obama administration knew this was going on and yet did nothing. In 2016, Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice told her staff to “stand down” and “knock it off” as they drew up plans to “strike back” against the Russians, according to an account from Michael Isikoff and David Corn in their book “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump”.
Why did Obama go soft on Russia? My opinion is that it was because he was singularly focused on the nuclear deal with Iran. Obama wanted Putin in the deal, and to stand up to him on election interference would have, in Obama’s estimation, upset that negotiation. This turned out to be a disastrous policy decision.
Obama’s supporters claim he did stand up to Russia by deploying sanctions after the election to punish them for their actions. But, Obama, according to the Washington Post, “approved a modest package… with economic sanctions so narrowly targeted that even those who helped design them describe their impact as largely symbolic.” In other words, a toothless response to a serious incursion.
There is some other Mueller related fallout for Obama. One of his lawyers may go to jail as a result of the investigation.
Obama lawyer expects Mueller-related indictment
A former White House counsel for President Barack Obama expects to be indicted as part of an investigation related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the 2016 election, according to Gregory Craig’s lawyers.
The potential charges against Craig, who served under both Obama and President Bill Clinton, would be over work he did for the Ukrainian government, his lawyers, William W. Taylor III and William J. Murphy, said in a statement.
Craig had prepared a report concerning Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s jailing of one of his political opponents, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The report was meant to be used by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who had been lobbying for Yanukovych at the time, to defend the former president. Craig would be the first current or former Democratic official to be indicted as a result of the Mueller investigation, which ended last month.
You won’t hear much about that on CNN!