Soup - Obama was warned about it, and didn't react with the urgency needed. I think part of that is he didn't want to appear partisan (and be subject to the potential backlash) in the middle of a heated election, plus....they thought they were probably going to win anyway.
Behind the scenes, he needed to do a better job, and that's been documented.
For me the question is more the why. If Clinton had been a more formidable candidate, there would be no Russian influence. Russia and China know they can run roughshod over any Democrat. So, wanting a Republican makes no sense.
Russia and China know they can run roughshod over any Democrat.
Yeah, cause Hilary supporting bone-crushing sanctions that cost the Russians billions of dollars is so easy. And the special backchannel for communications between the President and Putin, that was being set up is a real example of being so tough.
The Russians saw a real opportunity with the Republicans. Especially with Flynn's oil business past in reversing our oil sanctions on Russian.