Monday, May 15, 2017

James Clapper destroys Trump’s favorite talking point about the Russia investigation

On Friday morning, as President Trump faced withering scrutiny for his decision to fire the FBI director while his campaign is under FBI investigation, Trump took to Twitter to reiterate the talking point he deploys whenever the topic of his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia comes up. This talking point — that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said there was “no evidence” of Trump campaign-Russia collusion — was debunked during a Senate hearing on Monday featuring testimony from Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Trump should’ve known better by Friday.

But early Friday afternoon, MSNBC had Clapper on to explain, once and for all, why Trump’s tweet is dishonest.

The long and short of it is that when Clapper said he wasn’t aware of evidence of collusion during a March 5 Meet the Press interview, he didn’t mean that such evidence doesn’t exit — he simply wasn’t looped in about the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation, which unbeknownst to Clapper has been going on since July 2016. (Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell also seemed to misinterpret Clapper’s remark in public comments he made in late March.). Post here 

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