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    Conway Questions Lack of Obama's Response to 'Meddling' in Elections

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    US President Barack Obama had plenty of opportunities to counter alleged Russian interference in the US presidential elections if he was actually concerned about it, according to US President-elect Donald Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama had plenty of opportunities to counter alleged Russian interference in the US presidential elections if he was actually concerned about it, US President-elect Donald Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said.

    "It’s very clear that President Obama could have quote retaliated months ago, if they were actually concerned about this [alleged interference] quote affecting the election," Conway told CBS broadcaster in an interview.

    Commenting on media reports suggesting the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concluded Russia was involved in hacking, the senior adviser questioned the absence of evidences behind the accusations.

    “Where is the evidence? Why, when CIA officials were invited to a House Intelligence briefing did they refuse to go?" she asked.

    On Thursday, NBC News claimed citing unnamed US intelligence officials that Russian President Vladimir Putin was allegedly directly involved in cyberattacks that impacted the 2016 presidential election. On Friday, Obama suggested during his last news conference that the cyberattacks were likely initiated "at the highest levels of the Russian government."

    Russian senior officials have repeatedly denied Washington’s claims of election-meddling, characterizing them as absurd and an attempt to distract the US public from pressing domestic issues.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow considers media reports claiming Putin personally interfered in the US presidential election "funny nonsense."

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    Russian hacking, election hacking, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Kellyanne Conway, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, United States, Russia
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