by Daveda Gruber:
James Clapper is finding himself with problems. Now facing scrutiny for allegedly providing “inconsistent testimony” to the House Intelligence Committee. Clapper was the former intelligence chief under the Obama administration.
This comes in regard to his discussions with the media about the anti-Trump dossier. In a report released Friday by House Intelligence Committee Republicans, the claim was made.
Democrats heatedly disputed the report that declared investigators had found “no evidence” of collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia.
The report was flaunted by Trump allies. It is truly a victory, why shouldn’t it be made public?
Clapper is finding himself with problems. Clapper’s response wavered regarding his media contacts over the dossier in a private interview with the committee on July 17, 2017.
He originally denied those contacts, yet later he admitted to discussing the dossier contents with Jake Tapper of CNN (Fake News Network). Clapper acquired a job at CNN after leaving the government.
The report read, “When initially asked about leaks related to the ICA in July 2017, former DNI Clapper flatly denied ‘discussing the dossier [compiled by Steele], or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists’.”
The report also stated that Clapper “subsequently acknowledged discussing the dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper.”
He admitted that “He might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic.”
One month after his “executive interview” with the committee, in August 2017, Clapper became a CNN national security analyst.
As far as the report goes, Clapper’s communication with Tapper took place in early January, around the same time leaders of the intelligence community briefed then-President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump on “the Christopher Steele information.”
According to the report, the dossier was provided in a “two-page summary.”
An article was published by CNN Jan. 10, 2017. It claimed classified documents, in the form of a two-page synopsis, were presented to former President Barack Obama and incoming President Donald Trump, which included allegations that Russian operatives claimed to have compromising information on the incoming president.
As we have come to know, Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele to compile details for the anti-Trump dossier. The dossier was paid for with funding from the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.
The House Intelligence report says that Clapper issued a statement the day after the CNN article was published in early January 2017. He described a phone call with Trump in which Clapper “expressed [his] profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press” and stressed that he does “not believe the leaks came from within the IC.”
It is not known when Clapper spoke with Tapper and others.
Clapper said on CNN on March 12, 2018, “I didn’t have any contact with media until after I left the government on the 20th of January.”
When the House Intelligence Committee initially published key findings of its Russia probe in March, Clapper responded to the claim that his testimony was inconsistent.
Ironically, Clapper signed a directive barring intelligence community officials from talking to the media in 2014. The order was focused to “mitigate the risks of unauthorized disclosures of intelligence-related matters.”
George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley said, “Clapper has already admitted that he did speak with CNN. Now, he is insisting he didn’t speak to any media until January 20, but he indicated he spoke to CNN in early January. CNN reported that high level people had confirmed the information, and if one of those individuals is Clapper, it is a serious problem. He could be accused, again, of perjury.”
Turley added there is a “serious issue here” and “I think the public has the right to know more about these dates. The committee was correct that at a minimum, Clapper’s testimony is inconsistent. It could be much more serious than that.”
In 2013 Clapper apologized for telling Congress that the National Security Agency doesn’t gather data on millions of Americans. He said later on that his answer was “clearly erroneous.”
Trump had this to say on Twitter:
“Clapper lied about (fraudulent) Dossier leaks to CNN” @foxandfriends FoxNews He is a lying machine who now works for Fake News CNN.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2018
Clapper is a liar; plain and simple. He should face the due process of the rule of law.