Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Sanders says Trump wasn't blaming Florida shooting on FBI Russia investigation

Sanders says Trump wasn't blaming Florida shooting on FBI Russia investigation

President Trump threw his attorney general under the bus in a Twitter posting on Wednesday, blaming Jeff Sessions for not launching an investigation into the Obama administration's role in Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election.

"National security adviser H.R. McMaster also said this month - in response to the Mueller indictment - that Russia's election meddling is "'now really incontrovertible".

Sanders, speaking to reporters Tuesday in her first briefing since the shooting, said the President wasn't saying "necessarily" that the Russian Federation investigation was responsible for the FBI missing the signs on the Florida shooter.

Even Sanders on Tuesday said: "It's very clear that Russian Federation meddled in the election".

Sanders said Tuesday that Trump has acknowledged several times that Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the US elections.

Trump later reposted the tweet with the correct spelling of Sessions' last name.

"Everybody wants to blame this on the Trump Administration".

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But, the reporter said, Trump had criticized Obama, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but not Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The Russian "hoax" was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia - it never did!" the president wrote.

Earlier this week, Trump said Obama failed to act against Russian meddling because he thought Clinton would win.

In November, Trump said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin when the Russian leader claimed he wasn't responsible for meddling in the election, though at other points the president has said he believed Russia - or other countries - may be responsible for hacking activities related to the election. "Total Fake News!" - Trump's tweet on Tuesday.

Trump's Cabinet, however, has forcefully spoken out against Russian Federation.

Trump's Wednesday Twitter missive was the latest in a round of tweets criticizing the Russia probe since last Friday's federal indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities on charges that they attempted to influence the 2016 presidential race in part through social media campaigns aimed at boosting support for Trump and Bernie Sanders and against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"He's making the point that we would like the Federal Bureau of Investigation to not be focused on something that is clearly a hoax in terms of investigating the Trump campaign", responded the Press Secretary. "Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" Sessions recused himself from the probe previous year, putting tension on the relationship with Trump.

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