The correspondence, reported on by BuzzFeed Friday, was part of a release of government records sought by Operation 45, a transparency project, in the course of Freedom of Information Act litigation filed against several US intelligence agencies.
They could be activated in the event that Russian Federation attacked a US power grid or interfered in a future USA presidential race. Like many polls suggested, it believed Clinton would win despite the hacks.
"We made the judgment that we had ample time after the election, regardless of outcome, for punitive measures", a senior administration official said in the article.
"It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend", said a former senior Obama administration official involved in White House deliberations on Russian Federation.
Trump appeared to quote from a Washington Post report detailing the Obama administration's struggle to decide how to punish Russian Federation for its alleged interference in the US presidential election.
Interviews with administration officials revealed that Obama directly confronted Putin over the allegations during a meeting of world leaders in China.
On Friday night, President Trump took to his favorite communication medium, Twitter, to lash out at his predecessor for refusing to do anything about Russian Federation meddling in the United States presidential election, writing, "Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russian Federation".
By his final weeks, aside from warnings and rhetoric, Obama had approved only narrow sanctions and a plan to plant "cyberweapons in Russia's infrastructure" - if the next president so chose. They ultimately landed on modest sanctions, and expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the country in December - a decision some have criticised. "The intelligence captured Putin's specific instructions on the operation's audacious objectives - defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump", the Post report says. Democrats pressed to make the information public, while Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would bolster Russia's aim of undermining confidence in the system.
Special counsel Robert Mueller was later named to lead the investigation, and The Washington Post reported that Mueller is considering investigating Trump for obstruction of justice because he fired Comey. This is about defending the integrity of our government & our election system. They also told Obama that the administration should indict those responsible in USA courts. Johnson also said Russian hacking didn't change election totals, but added that he can't be sure other meddling didn't influence public opinion.
This previously secret order involved having USA intelligence design and implant a series of cyberweapons into Russia's infrastructure systems, with officials saying they are meant to be activated remotely to hit the most important networks in Russian Federation and are created to "cause them pain and discomfort".