In the daily struggle between President Trump’s enemies in the mainstream media who want to prove he colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 presidential election, and his allies, who say his campaign was spied on by the previous administration, Trump’s enemies thought they got a decisive upper hand this week.
It came when James Clapper, who served as Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, reiterated the contention in his new book that Russia’s actions in the campaign tipped the election to Trump.
“As a private citizen, it’s what I would call my informed opinion that, given the massive effort the Russians made, and the number of citizens that they touched, and the variety and multidimensional aspects of what they did to influence opinion … and given the fact that it turned on less than 80,000 votes in three states, to me it exceeds logic and credulity that they didn’t affect the election. And it’s my belief they actually turned it.”
The intelligence community’s formal assessment in 2017 did not declare Russian interference turned the election, the Washington Post reported. But the panel “was not charged with assessing its impact” because “it wasn’t the place of the intel community to place its imprimatur on this debate one way or the other. But now that Clapper is free to offer his own view, he believes Russia did swing the election – and he knows a lot more about the specifics of what Russia did than we do.”
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow thinks Clapper is right, according to the piece.
“Last night, Rachel Maddow called on us to treat this as a ‘bombshell.’ As Maddow put it, ‘the director of national intelligence for the last seven years’ has concluded ‘that the current president of the United States was only installed in office because of a successful Russian intelligence operation,’ raising obvious questions about his legitimacy.”
Only James Clapper is a proven liar, not to mention a partisan.
In 2013, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was asked in a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee about warrantless searches of Americans: “Does the NSA [National Security Agency] collect any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions, of Americans?” Clapper replied, “No, sir. Not wittingly.”
Edward Snowden’s revelations about domestic spying quickly exposed Clapper’s deception.
“That was a lie,” wrote George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley. “And Clapper knew it when he said it.”
Clapper later said his testimony was ‘the least untruthful statement he could make,” Turley wrote. “That would still make it a lie, of course, but Clapper is a made guy,” so the damage was light and quick.
“Soon, Clapper was back testifying and former president Obama even put Clapper on a federal panel to review the very programs that he lied about in Congress,” Turley wrote. “Clapper is now regularly appearing on cable shows which, for example, used Clapper’s word as proof that Trump was lying in saying that there was surveillance of Trump Tower carried out by President Barack Obama. CNN and other networks used Clapper’s assurance without ever mentioning that he previously lied about surveillance programs.”
On Tuesday, Meghan McCain asked Clapper about this again.
“In 2013, when you were asked about it, you said no,” McCain said. “So that is a lie.”
“I made a mistake,” Clapper said. I didn’t lie. I was thinking about something else, another program.”
Sargent did not mention Clapper’s lying in his piece. Instead, he contended thatwhether Russians threw the election to Trump “will remain an open question. But his assertion does highlight the fact that Trump and his GOP allies are actively trying to prevent that full story from coming out – and aren’t troubled in the least by the possibility that he might be right.”
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