The White House criticized the “breathless” media coverage of the Russia collusion “hoax” following the submission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Congress, adding that reporters should focus on Obama administration scandals, it was reported.
“While the establishment media has breathlessly covered this partisan witch hunt for nearly two years, they refuse to cover the real scandals that plagued the previous Democrat administration,” a White House official told the Washington Examiner on April 18.
The official made a reference to the email scandal that has plagued former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the administration noted in the Examiner’s report that former President Barack Obama described the scandal as a “mistake” but wasn’t “a national security problem.” He made the remarks on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” in 2015.
The White House ripped the “breathless” media coverage of the Russia collusion “hoax.”
Now that it’s over, the administration says journalists should turn their attention on Obama-era scandals.https://t.co/nWi7TgWP0q
According to the Examiner, the White House wants an investigation into the funding of the Clinton Foundation as well as an investigation into FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, who are accused of undermining Donald Trump and helping Clinton during the election.
Following Attorney General William Barr’s comments to reporters about the release of the report, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said it was a “complete and total vindication” of Trump before she turned her sights to the Obama administration.
“It is increasingly clear that the only scandal here is the Obama administration’s repeated failure to act against Russian cyber meddling,” she said in a statement.
“Instead,” McDaniel added, the Obama administration “prioritized spying on a political opponent—the Trump campaign—and used a phony DNC-funded dossier as justification.”
“It is now time to get to the bottom of how an investigation based off of fake and partisan information began in the first place,” she continued. “After two years and over $35 million, American taxpayers deserve answers.”
She added that the “integrity of our democratic process” relies on those answers.
Mueller’s team did establish interference from several different groups of Russians, including a group called the Internet Research Agency.
“The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion,” Mueller’s team concluded.
Russian agents “carried out a social media campaign that favored” Trump and “disparaged” Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton. Based in St. Petersburg, the agency was funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin, who is widely reported to have ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mueller said.
Mueller examined 10 episodes that may have led to obstruction charges against Trump, providing Barr and Rosenstein with facts surrounding each episode but ultimately not recommending charges. Barr and Rosenstein concluded, based on the evidence and other factors, that Trump did not obstruct the investigation, Barr explained at a press conference on April 18.
Barr Reiterates ‘No Collusion’
Barr again told reporters that President Trump did not collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
“After reviewing those contacts, the special counsel did not find any conspiracy to violate U.S. law involving Russia-linked persons and any persons associated with the Trump campaign,” said Barr in the morning conference. “So that is the bottom line.”
“After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the special counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes,” Barr reiterated.
Epoch Times reporter Zachary Steiber contributed to this report.