Schiff said he failed to per­suade Obama

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

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.

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