President Obama will not go quiet into that good night, after all. The president has ordered his intelligence officials to “conduct a broad review on the election-season hacking hat rattled the presidential campaign and raised new concerns about foreign meddling in U.S. elections,” a White House official said, according to an AP report.
White House counterterrorism and Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco said Obama ordered officials to report on the hacking of Democratic officials’ email accounts and Russia’s involvement. The report is due to be submitted to the president before he leaves office next month. Monaco did not say if the report would be made public.
To heck with “fake news” and conspiracy theories. With this last-minute “review,” the White House is sending the message: “it’s all true.” Perhaps, they’re hoping to saddle Trump with all this to hamper his first 100 days by making it all about answering these charges.
The thing is (and they should know this by now), Trump doesn’t care. To quote Mary Poppins, “I never explain anything.”
Add this to the list of parting shots the outgoing president has taken to stunt the new administration. These include:
- An executive order to create the National Invasive Species Council, who will take on a mission to compile a report by 2020 on how to prevent such species from affecting climate change (!?), food safety, and military readiness. I suppose Burmese pythons in the everglades might attack MacDill Air Force Base?
- Adding new immigration policies to make it easier for employers to sponsor “highly-skilled” immigrants.
- Banning cellphone calls on commercial flights (just when they started allowing it).
- Having OSHA ban exposure to beryllium, which is often used in common electronic devices.
- A whole raft of other rules, as the administrative machine has been given the green light to pass everything by Jan 20.
On Nov. 8, the Federal Register contained 78,300 pages, and as of Dec. 2, it had increased to 87,297 pages, Young said. Further, since Election Day, there were 144 new proposed regulations from federal agencies, and 243 regulations that were finalized.