The Democratic Party campaign, after the recount of votes failed to undermine the presidential election results, is branching out in strategies for discrediting Donald Trump as the winner and presenting Hillary Clinton as the victor - not the loser.
To clarify: the president was referring to emails leaked by WikiLeaks in the final weeks of the election that were reportedly stolen from Podesta and Clinton and were made available via a searchable database on WikiLeaks' website.
President-elect Donald Trump's 306 Electoral College votes to Mrs. Clinton's 232 has deep-pocketed donors demanding hard data on the former secretary of state's November 8 performance.
"Obama did not care about it then, but now all of a sudden that his chosen candidate Hillary Clinton gets smoked in the general election, now America should go to war with the Russians because they care so much now about Russian hacks". Calls for the members of the Electoral College to reject Trump have intensified, and even Congressional Republicans have called for further investigation. DEBKAfile's Washington sources report that the furious spat preoccupying United States media will die down when it becomes clear that the storm of allegations has no hope of changing the outcome of the presidential election.
"I don't think she was treated fairly during the election, I think the coverage of her and the issues was troubling", Xinhua news agency quoted Obama as saying during his last White House press conference. And the truth is there was nobody here who didn't have some sense of what kind of effect it might have.
"I'm finding it curious that everybody is suddenly acting surprised that this looked like disadvantaging Hillary Clinton because you guys wrote about it everyday", Obama said. "Every single week. About every little juicy little tidbit of political gospel".
"If fake news that's being released by some foreign government is nearly identical to reports that are being released through partisan news venues, it's not surprising that that foreign propaganda will have a greater effect", the president said. "So I do think it's worth reflecting on how a presidential election, at such a moment, with such important issues at stake...came to be dominated by a bunch of these leaks".
"Make no mistake", she said, pivoting back to the Russian hacking campaign.