James Clapper has had a difficult time telling the truth in recent years, but now it is alleged that he’s a leaker, too. In a fascinating article by Sara A. Carter, she states,
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper allegedly leaked information to CNN early last year regarding the classified briefings given to then President-Elect Donald Trump and President Barrack Obama on the salacious dossier claiming the Russians had compromising information on the president-elect, according to government sources, who noted the evidence of the leak was collected during the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation.
Clapper, who was one of four senior Obama administration officials to attend the briefing with the presidents, also stated his “profound dismay at the leaks” in an official statement issued in January, 2017 and warned that the leaks were “extremely corrosive and damaging” to national security, according to his press release.
Texas Republican Mike Conaway, R-Texas, announced Monday in a press release, that the committee found no evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. The Republican members released only a portion of the committee’s findings in the late afternoon. The full report will undergo a review to ensure that it does not reveal or damage national security before its public release, congressional sources added. The committee interviewed its final witness former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski last week and had accessed all documents related to its probe, a congressional source told this reporter.
But according to government sources Clapper, who is not mentioned in the report released Monday, had spoken to CNN at roughly the same time Jake Tapper broke the first story regarding the briefings conducted by senior intelligence officials with Trump and Obama on the dossier. Tapper’s story, which published in January 2017, created a snowball effect of allegations in the media that Trump’s campaign had allegedly colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election and that Russia had compromising material on Trump, sources with knowledge of the investigation concluded.
Clapper was one of four senior Obama administration officials to brief Obama and Trump on the dossier in December 2016. FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan and National Security Administration Director Mike Rogers were also present at the December briefings.
Clapper nor Tapper could be immediately reached for comment.
Wow. Just…. WOW! The former Director of National Intelligence, was the leaker that PUT the unverified Dossier (paid for by the DNC and Hillary Campaign) in the headlines!
While all of our brains were scrambling to let it all sink in, Nick Short was quick to post some good summaries on Twitter earlier, to help simplify the matter:
So there you have it, folks. We already knew that Clapper was a lying jerk. (We all recall him lying to Congress about whether or not the government was spying on American citizens… and his answer was “Not wittingly” – WHICH WAS A LIE.) And now he’s a leaker, who then used the leaked info (that he himself leaked) to create dischord in the newly appointed Trump administration Intel agencies. Despicable doesn’t even cut it. More like… deplorable. 😉
So what’s next for James Clapper? Well… I would think that CNN would cancel his contract, since his credibility is shot now. (But it’s CNN, so who knows. They don’t really care about credibility, anyways.)
We also know that Jeff Sessions has recently stated that he has started numerous probes to aggressively go after leakers. A New York Post article, from Feb 18, 2018 states,
After Trump announced last year that the “real story” is not Russia but “illegal leaks,” Sessions has launched 27 investigations — up from three prior to him taking office, the attorney general told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“We’re going after this aggressively,” said Sessions, who has managed to hold onto his job despite Trump’s disgust with his Russia recusal that made way for special counsel Robert Mueller. “I am directing it personally.”
We don’t know if Clapper (or Brennan, or Comey) are the focus of any of the 27 current investigations. For all we know, it may be 30 investigations after these new revelations. 🙂
It’s going to be interesting to watch how these former Intelligence directors try to spin their stories (and the narrative) to keep their butts out of jail. I sincerely doubt that Clapper and Brennan and Comey thought up all of this by themselves, though. All reasonable logical roads, lead to Obama.
Get out your popcorn, folks! It’s going to be a FUN year! 🙂