'Morning Joe' Explains Why Trump Is Such an Easy Mark for the Kremlin
Former FBI agent Clinton Watts testified during the Senate Intelligence Committee's first public hearing Thursday on Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. On Friday, he was a featured guest on "Morning Joe."
"For the Russians, it was dumb luck that they stumbled onto a presidential candidate that was stupid enough to pick up their fake news," Scarborough observed.
"It's exactly the point of Russian active measures," Watts agreed. "To sow confusion inside your enemy, so they're fighting amongst themselves, so that you can maneuver on them."
He also weighed in on why the Obama administration failed to act last summer when information about Russian hacking became available.
"I think the big [mistake of] the Obama administration is that they didn't understand that hacking drives influence," he said. "They did not understand that the whole purpose of the hacking was to influence the campaign, and to arm Russian propaganda so they could influence the campaign."
Watts blamed the "disjointed nature" of U.S. government rather than the FBI directly, but noted, "We've been so distracted on terrorism over the last three to five years with the ISIS threat that no one is looking at why they really want to hack this information."