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The indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election shows that former President Obama's administration "lost sight of Russia," according to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

Moscow targeted the U.S. presidential election with "information warfare" intended to sow discord among Americans, according to the indictment announced Friday by the Justice Department.

McDaniel noted that Obama famously mocked Mitt Romney during a 2012 presidential debate on foreign policy after Romney said Russia is the greatest geopolitical threat to the U.S.

"Obama took his eye off the ball. He did not view Russia as a threat, and they didn't properly take steps to ensure that we had good elections and that Russians weren't getting involved," she said.

She pointed out that the indictment reveals that Russia's efforts to meddle in the presidential election and "create chaos" started in 2014.

"They weren't trying to help Republicans or Democrats, they want to hurt our democracy," McDaniel said. "And we need to get to the bottom of it. And we need to find out what we can do in 2018 to prevent this from happening in our midterm elections."

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