Obama would need to expand his authority to enact sanctions against Russia in order to retaliate for the country's attempts to meddle in the U.S. elections, and the Post reported that the administration has been looking at ways to expand a 2015 executive order granting Obama power to respond to certain cyber attacks. The White House is also working to make sure that the actions they take cannot be easily rolled back by Donald Trump, according to the report.
Earlier in December, Obama ordered an investigation into hacking attempts that U.S. intelligence officials believe were carried out by Russia. The CIA, FBI and the director of National Intelligence reportedly all agree that Russia carried out the cyber attacks in an attempt to tip the scales toward Trump in the 2016 election. But Trump has dismissed intelligence officials' assessments and questioned the ability to determine who was behind the hacks.