Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in Nagato, western Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. (Toru Hanai/Pool Photo via AP)
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The Obama administration suggested Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally authorized the hacking of Democratic officials' email accounts in the run-up to the presidential election and said it was "fact" that hacking had helped Donald Trump's campaign. The White House also assailed Trump himself, saying he must have known of Russia's interference.U.S. officials have not contended, however, that Trump would have been defeated by Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 if not for Russia's assistance.The dispute over Russia's role is fueling an increasingly public spat between Obama's White House and Trump's team is threatening to spoil the delicate truce that Obama and Trump have forged since Election Day.Earnest said it was "obvious" Trump knew what Russia was doing during the campaign, pointing out that Trump had encouraged Moscow during a news conference to find Clinton's missing emails.
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