JUST IN: Obama Admits There Was NO Tampering In Election- Hillary Camp NOT Happy

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President Obama, in a freewheeling final press conference of the year admitted that the election results in November were “free and fair.”

Mr. Obama was asked if he can assure the public that the election was “free and fair.”

“I can assure the public that there was not the kind of tampering with the voting process that was a concern and will continue to be a concern going forward,” Mr. Obama said. “We have not seen evidence of machines being tampered with. That assurance, I can provide.”

Mr. Obama said that he pulled Putin aside at a conference in China in early September to tell him to “cut it out” and the president said the U.S. did not see further tampering of the election, CBS reports.

He was asked later on whether he would declassify evidence that proves Russia was responsible.

“We will provide evidence that we can safely provide that does not compromise sources and methods,” he said. “The way we catch folks is by knowing certain things about them that they may not want us to know.”

Obama said he will release the results of an investigation he ordered into Russian involvement in the election, including the hacking of the servers of the Democratic National Committee, Federalist Papers reports.

“When the report comes out before I leave office – that will have drawn together all the threads,” he said. “The intelligence I’ve seen gives me great confidence that the Russians carried out this hack.

Obama also said that the media didn’t treat Hillary fairly during the campaign… WHAT?

“. on Hillary Clinton: “I don’t think she was treated fairly during the election.”

Though he had strong words for Russia, Obama stopped short of saying Putin himself orchestrated the Russian hacking of U.S. political sites during the election – but he did say it was done at the highest levels of the Kremlin, FOX reports.

He says he will let the public decide whether there were rogue high-level Russian officials acting without Putin’s knowledge.

Obama also urged Trump to back a bipartisan investigation into the matter.

“Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin,” Obama said in his year-end news conference. The president said he had warned Putin there would be serious consequences it he did not “cut it out,” through Obama did not specify the extent or timing of any U.S. retaliation.

Democrat Hillary Clinton has even more directly cited Russian interference. She said Thursday night, “Vladimir Putin himself directed the covert cyberattacks against our electoral system, against our democracy, apparently because he has a personal beef against me.”

Obama did not publicly support that theory Friday. He did, however, chide the media for that he called an “obsession” with the flood of hacked Democratic emails that were made public during the election’s final stretch.

He said that despite “structures” in the electoral college that might have some “disadvantages” to Democrats, he wasn’t going to advocate a constitutional change to eliminate it.

After the conference, Obama and his family boarded Air Force One for a multi-million dollar Christmas vacation in Hawaii – the last of his term.



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