'I Have Been Much Tougher on Russia Than Obama'

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As the investigation into Russian election hacking heats up, Donald Trump has refused to condemn the Kremlin for their reported interference. He was one of the 13 Russians charged in the USA on Friday.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office announced Friday that a Washington D.C. federal grand jury had returned an indictment against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities, who were accused of violating USA criminal laws as part of an effort to interfere with us elections.

President Donald Trump, in a Tuesday morning tweet, argued that he has been "much tougher on Russia" than his predecessor President Barack Obama, even as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle continue to press Trump to enforce tougher sanctions against Russian Federation that were overwhelmingly approved by Congress past year.

Fast forward to November of 2016, after Trump won, and all the Democrats can talk about is how the Russians rigged the election.

Over the weekend, President Trump claimed he never said Russian Federation didn't meddle in the 2016 presidential election, even though there are at least 44 recorded instances of him calling the Russian Federation investigation a "hoax", a "ruse" or "fake news".

The president's tweet doesn't jibe with dozens of statements he made about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling - in which he called the idea a "hoax", a "ruse", "fake news" or a "witch hunt" - and at least one direct statement that Russians did not interfere.

The Russian trolls worked, in part, to help get Trump elected, according to court papers.

He's right. Mueller's indictment clearly lays out that this Russian attempt to influence the election started in 2014 under Obama's watch, and he was warned and he did nothing to stop it. Rod Rosenstein who is the Deputy Attorney General said that the news did not contain allegations that "any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity".

United States intelligence chiefs warned earlier in the week that Russian meddling has continued and poses a threat to the United States mid-term congressional elections in 2018.

Hemmer noted that Trump is under pressure to publicly condemn Russian Federation, though Shah insisted the president did that over the past weekend and stands with America's intelligence agencies.

Democratic congressman Adam Schiff, who was described as a "leakin' monster of no control" during a Twitter rant by Mr Trump over the weekend, told WNYC radio on Tuesday morning (AEDT) that a web of collusion between Russians and the Trump electoral campaign had already been established.

Obama and European Union nations imposed harsh sanctions targeting senior Russian officials and businessmen connected to Russian president Vladimir Putin over its military intervention in Ukraine.