Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says, in light of new information, that Obama should testify before Congress regarding how his administration reacted upon finding out that Russia will attempt to interfere in the presidential election last year.
Here’s what Gingrich said early on Tuesday:
“Guess what’s about to happen: The Congress is about to have to call Barack Obama in to testify under oath about when he knew about Russia meddling,” said the former House Speaker on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”
“Who told him? Why did he do nothing? Who was in the meetings when he decided to do nothing? It’s going to turn out, yes, there’s a big Russian story. It’s Barack Obama. Not Donald Trump. And you cannot make this stuff up.”
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Obama has become a target for scrutiny for his awareness of the potential, and eventually seemingly very real cyber-attacks by Russia in the presidential election. The scandal gained momentum after a recent report by the Washington Post, discussing how Obama was informed of Russia’s attempts to interfere and inquiring how the former President handled this situation.
The article said that Obama was informed of the hacking attempts back in August 2016.
However, Newt Gingrich said on Tuesday morning that the House should demand answers about how Obama handled the Russian meddling and was there something more he could do to keep the Russians at bay.
“The Congress has an obligation to call him in. How can you be told the president of the United States knew last August the Russians were, in fact, involved in this and not ask him and ask him under oath? I mean, how can you be so irresponsible?” argued the former GOP Speaker.
“The House and Senate are going to have to call Obama in and say ‘who told you? When did you have the meetings? Who advised you? Why did you not decide to do anything? And then why did you keep quiet for six months while everybody looked at the Russians and Trump when you, in fact, had this information last August?’” Gingrich inquired.
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