By Pete Souza (official White House photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
So for all the hue and cry about Russian collusion, it seems that Obama's advisers weren't so concerned about it. National security council members were poised to respond in the wake of the Democratic National Committee hack and John Podesta's emails also being hacked. When plans of action were formed, Susan Rice. former national security adviser reportedly shut it down, which was revealed in an excerpt of the book, Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.
According to the Daily Caller
"Michael Daniel, an NSC official responsible for the Russia portfolio, told to the book’s authors of multiple plans to strike fear in Russian President Vladimir Putin with the aim of ending Russia’s election meddling. These plans included surreptitiously releasing personal information about Putin’s family, which revealed corruption in Putin’s political party, and even crafting a large cybersecurity exercise as a public threat to Russia.
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[From Russian Roulette]
One day in late August, national security adviser Susan Rice called Daniel into her office and demanded he cease and desist from working on the cyber options he was developing. “Don’t get ahead of us,” she warned him. The White House was not prepared to endorse any of these ideas. Daniel and his team in the White House cyber response group were given strict orders: “Stand down.” She told Daniel to “knock it off,” he recalled. "
President Obama admitted
that they "sort of choked" on the matter of Russian meddling, with the extent of his response being that he told Putin face to face to "cut it out" in September of 2016. This would be a front page story if any member of the Trump transition team or administration had done the same thing, and shows that the Obama administration is not in a position to throw stones on Russia.