Schiff said he failed to persuade Obama
Rep. Adam Schiff said Wednesday that he implored the Obama administration to do more against Russia after its attempts to influence the 2016 election was made known.
“I think what they should’ve done — and [California Sen. Dianne Feinstein] and I were making this case in real time so this isn’t simply a Monday morning quarterbacking — we were urging the president to come out and make attribution early, to declassify as much as he could about the Russia intervention and to pursue sanctions then, instead of after the election,” Mr. Schiff, California Democrat, said on MSNBC.
But Mr. Schiff said that when the Obama White House refused to act, he and Ms. Feinstein decided to go public with what they knew about a month before the administration’s public actions.
He said, however, that it was too late to communicate the severity the situation.