"There is ample evidence that it was known long before the election, and in most cases long before October, by the Trump campaign and Russia,” Earnest explained. “Everything from the Republican nominee himself calling on Russia to hack his opponent.”
It might be an indication that he was obviously aware and concluded based on whatever facts or sources he had available to him that Russia was involved, and that they’re involvement was having a negative impact on his opponent’s campaign,” he continued. “That’s why he was encouraging them to keep doing it.”
If Trump did know, and the White House didn't, it would explain why he refuses to waste his time reading those daily briefings Obama's security team prepares: they're worthless. But there's a larger point here, set forth by InstaPundit's Stephen Green:
We also have President Obama’s behavior — the unprecedented and reprehensible act of using America’s intelligence services to discredit his successor....
It’s small and cheap and completely expected from a President who poisoned almost every American institution he touched.
And there you have it: the perfect summing up of this awful man's eight year tenure.