Russian official: Pres. Obama undermined the American democracy, not Putin or Moscow

Russian official: Pres. Obama undermined the American democracy, not Putin or Moscow
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 21, 2013 file photo Thorbjoern Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe, left, speaks to Chairman of the Russian parliamentary committee on international affairs Alexey Pushkov during his meeting with lawmakers at the State Duma, lower parliament chamber, in Moscow, Russia. The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Monday, April 28, 2014, designated seven Russian government officials, including two key members of the Russian leadership’s inner circle, and 17 entities pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13661. E.O. 13661 authorizes sanctions on, among others, officials of the Russian Government and any individual or entity that is owned or controlled by, that has acted for or on behalf of, or that has provided material or other support to, a senior Russian government official. Pushkov is on the list. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File)

In the wake of a report from the United States intelligence community that says Russia intentionally tried to undermine the American democracy through hacking the 2016 presidential election, a top Russian politician is firing back, arguing that the only person to undermine the American democracy in recent years is President Barack Obama.

In a series of tweets late Friday, Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov criticized the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion about Russian hacking into the 2016 election, while offering criticism of Obama.

“The U.S. democratic process was undermined not by Russia, but by the Obama administration and mass media, which supported Clinton over Trump,” Pushkov tweeted, according to a translation from Russian to English by The Hill.

“The danger to democracy is within U.S. itself,” he added, accusing Obama of being responsible for Republicans’ growing trust of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The U.S. intelligence community released a report on Friday detailing their conclusion that Russia did, indeed, interfere in the election after developing a “clear preference” to help President-elect Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

And while Democrats have clung to the report as the sole reason why Clinton lost, Trump has continually dismissed it, saying definitively after his meeting with intelligence officials on Friday that there is “no evidence” to prove that the election results were successfully manipulated by the Russians.

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