The Republican National Committee swiftly used special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report to attack former President Barack Obama — and earned a swift rebuke from Twitter.
“Russia interfered on Obama’s watch” reads the headline of the Thursday GOP press release, which erroneously claims that “well before the 2016 election, the Obama admin was aware of Russia’s intentions to interfere in the 2016 [election], and decided to do absolutely nothing about it.”
— GOP (@GOP) April 18, 2019
NPR’s Scott Detrow said the claim made for “interesting spin.”
Interesting spin email from RNC: "It’s clear how much President Obama and his administration completely dropped the ball on Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign."
— Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow) April 18, 2019
NBC News’ Josh Lederman, meanwhile, laid out the context of the claim when he noted that the RNC is “seizing on the factoid” from the report that the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency’s “interference attempts” began in 2014, during Obama’s presidency.
RNC, seizing on the factoid in Mueller report that IRA interference attempts started in 2014: “Russia interfered on Obama's watch”
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) April 18, 2019
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— Northwest Hitch (@Bran_William_) April 18, 2019
Delete this! Blatant lies https://t.co/xaFH6N5LMx
— Smarie (@ShawnRobb3) April 18, 2019
"If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state." https://t.co/lBRnCiIpEo
— Mike Ahearn (@mfahearn) April 18, 2019