Former Director of National Intelligence and CNN contributor James Clapper revealed in an interview with Anderson Cooper that the Mueller investigation would have never happened were it not for his former boss, Barack Obama.
Clapper told Anderson that Obama’s request for an intelligence community assessment “set off a whole sequence of events” and the effects “are still unfolding today.”
If you have followed Clapper closely over the last few years you know that he is very adept at slipping questions, speaking in ‘Deep State’ code, and outright lying.
It may take a bit of educated reading between the lines but the exchange between Clapper and Cooper left no doubt that he was sending out a warning to whoever it may concern, he has no intention of going down with the ship alone.
To see this, one must read the whole interview but notice how he specifically uses former President Obama’s name early in the exchange:
Clapper said, “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. 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.”
Appearing to be fair and balanced Cooper pressed his fellow CNN employee about the subject. He asked, since Clapper was at that time still a part of that intelligence community, was Obama attacking him.
Cooper said, “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?”
Rather than first addressing the question, Clapper inserted a dig at President Trump saying that he “is not a stalwart for a consistency or coherence.”
At that point, Clapper pointedly returned to the subject of former President Obama saying it was important to remember Obama ordered the investigation before “critiquing” him.
Facebook has flagged this story in what it calls an “effort to combat false news and misinformation” on its News Feed.
PolitiFact and other liberal outlets have labeled this story as misleading and worthy of Facebook’s ‘flagging.’
According to PolitiFact, the story is false because it “conflates” two different aspects of the Russia Probe – “the intelligence community assessment Obama ordered in December 2016, and the appointment in May 2017 of Robert Mueller as special counsel.”
PolitiFact concluded, “It’s inaccurate to say Clapper “flips” in his statement. He is referring to a different aspect of the Russian investigation than the article suggests.”
This ignores the fact that Capper has a long history of ‘flipping’ and in PolitiFact’s words ‘conflating.’
After the Muller decision was made public then Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called for Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former FBI Director James Comey to answer for the “absurd lie” that President Trump was a “foreign agent” for Russia.
Clapper either wrote or read from PolitiFact’s handbook when he suggested Sanders was “confusing” collusion with Russian interference.
This comes from a man who has never admitted to a single lie when he is on public record telling many.
The Washington Times reported in March that the former director of national intelligence lie to Congress when testified while working for the Obama administration the government does “not wittingly” spy on American citizens by collecting their phone records.
When it was revealed that Clapper not only knew about but oversaw a warrantless mass-surveillance program his defense was, “I didn’t lie, I made a big mistake and I … didn’t understand what I was being asked about. I thought of another surveillance program, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, when I was being asked about Section 215 of the Patriot Act.”
When he was asked by Sen. Ron Wyden (D–OR) if the NSA collects “any type of data” on Americans Clapper’s answer was, “No sir. Not wittingly.”
Just three months later it was revealed the NSA had been compelling U.S. telecommunication providers for copies of telephone records, known as metadata.
“Not wittingly” is Clapper’s code for, “I lied through my teeth.”
The only mistake you made Mr. Clapper is thinking no one was paying attention.