Officials did so only after a rigorous internal debate over what they should say.
Even when the administration did issue its October 2016 statement blaming Russia for the hacks, it did not mention Putin by name nor an ongoing effort to determine whether the Kremlin’s election interference efforts were being coordinated with the Trump campaign.
Hillary Clinton, who lost the 2016 presidential election to Trump, said Monday she was “glad” Biden was speaking up. “It’s very clear that Russia succeeded,” she told MSNBC.
“They believed that they were able to influence the minds and even the votes of Americans, so why would they stop?” said Hillary.
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