Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reacts to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders saying he and other former intelligence officials should be investigated after special counsel Robert Mueller did not establish collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Clapper is backpedaling on his past claims of Russian collusion as he throws Obama under the bus. Keep singing!
CNN ANCHOR ANDERSON COOPER:
The 2017 assessment that the President says he now agrees with, that was done while you and then NCI Director John Brennan were still in office. So, how can we reconcile the President attacking you, but apparently after a very long time finally, allegedly saying — or saying he allegedly agrees with the product of the intelligence community that you, yourself oversaw?
Yes, well, this is — yes, as we’ve come to know the President, he is not a stalwart for a consistency or coherence. So it’s very hard to explain that. One point I’d like to make, Anderson, that I don’t think has come up very much before, and I’m alluding now to the President’s criticism of President Obama for all that he did or didn’t do before he left office with respect to the Russian meddling.
HERE’S WHERE CLAPPER SINGS:
If it weren’t for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably, special counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that, and it was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. I think it’s an important point when it comes to critiquing President Obama.
Clapper needs to be brought back in for questioning!
LAST YEAR, CLAPPER STRADLED THE FENCE ON WHETHER OBAMA KNEW ABOUT THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION:
James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, attempted to convince Americans that former President Barack Obama had “no knowledge” of an FBI informant in the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
“I am sure President Obama had no knowledge whatsoever of an informant,” Clapper said, adding that the FBI has many informants who play various roles within the department “who provide very valuable information and do so in a legitimate way.”
Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, asked on Fox News, “What role did Barack Obama have, did he know that the FBI was keeping informants there, and I’ll guarantee the answer is yes.” He continued to say that the FBI must have gone through the White House first before putting an FBI informant in a presidential campaign. –Daily Caller
On Tuesday, Clapper appeared on The View, where he was treated like royalty by the Trump hating panel.
Real Clear Politics – While discussing the Trump campaign surveillance scandal in an appearance on Tuesday’s The View, Clapper used the word spy. Clapper said the spy was there for Russian meddling purposes and that Trump should be happy such a person existed.
Clapper also claimed Trump should be happy the FBI was spying on him.
President Trump has claimed for months now that his campaign for president was surveilled. Many did not take him seriously, however, last night law professor Jonathan Turley said he was right.
“With the informant business, well, the point here is the Russians,” Clapper said. “Not spying on the campaign but what are the Russians doing? And in a sense, unfortunately, what they were trying to do is protect our political system and protect the campaign.”
“But the FBI started to look into Trump’s ties to Russia in the summer of 2016. Trump tweeted that this spring — this spying, rather, this spying that he claims is spying, other people say it’s a whistleblower or informant. He says it’s spying, it’s bigger than Watergate. So I ask you, was the FBI spying on Trump’s campaign?” Co-host Joy Behar asked.
“No, they were not,” Clapper answered. “They were spying on, a term I don’t particularly like, but on what the Russians were doing. Trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage or influence which is what they do.”
“Well, why doesn’t like that? He should be happy,” Behar said.
“He should be,” Clapper responded.
“Right,” Behar said.
Conservative former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, who is never one to hold back on his opinion, had plenty to say about Clapper’s attempt to convince Americans that former President Barack Obama had no knowledge of the spy that was planted in his campaign.
Clapper is a straight up LIAR. He’s been caught at it before. Does anybody think he’d say Obama knew even if Obama did know? And Obama DID know. Clapper: ‘Obama Had No Knowledge’ Of FBI Informant In The Trump Campaign
Clapper is a straight up LIAR. He's been caught at it before. Does anybody think he'd say Obama knew even if Obama did know? And Obama DID know. Clapper: ‘Obama Had No Knowledge’ Of FBI Informant In The Trump Campaign https://t.co/eHTFCMQCRM via @dailycaller
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) May 26, 2018