WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Outgoing President Barack Obama did not need to wait until he received a complete report on Thursday about hacking and the US elections before taking action against Russia, Earnest said.
"There was no need to wait for additional evidence to substantiate the kind of response that was put forward," Earnest stated. "[T]he unprecedented nature of the statement that was issued by the intelligence community a month before the election… should be a clear indication to everybody of the depth of conviction, the high confidence that the intelligence community had in the conclusions that they publicized back in October."
Earnest noted that the report does not just focus on Russian interference in the last election, but also in past US elections by other actors.
Russian officials have repeatedly denied involvement in the 2016 US election, calling the allegations absurd and noting that they are intended to distract the US public from revelation of corruption and other pressing domestic concerns.
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