James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama, gave “inconsistent testimony” about contacts he had with the media while in office. This is according to a document released Thursday by GOP on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, provided inconsistent testimony to the Committee about his contacts with the media, including CNN,” reads one entry in a seven-page summary of findings on the committee’s Russia investigation.
Committee Republicans released a one-page preview last week while they are waiting for the 150-page report to be reviewed. The preview pointed to “problematic contacts between senior Intelligence Community officials and the media.” Clapper is one of those senior officials.
It is not apparent what information Clapper discussed with the media, but he was involved in a highly significant meeting with President Trump just two weeks before the president’s inauguration.
Clapper and three other top intelligence community officials, then FBI Director James Comey, then CIA Director John Brennan, and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, briefed Trump on Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.
It was during that meeting that Comey told Trump about the existence of the Steele dossier. Trump reportedly believes that the Comey briefing was a setup aimed at providing justification to release the dossier. But Clapper directly denied last week that he had contact with the media prior to leaving office on Jan. 20, 2017.
CNN’s Don Lemon asked Clapper if he wanted to respond to the reports he leaked that then President-elect Trump had received a Jan. 6, 2017, briefing about the dossier. Clapper denied having any contacts with the press during that period.
“I didn’t have any contact with media until after I left the government on the 20th of January, so I don’t quite understand, at least what I’ve read, that somehow I leaked about the dossier,” said Clapper.
“So let me get — so you didn’t leak anything about the dossier to any media?” Lemon asked.
“No, not — I mean, I talked about it after I left the government, but not during that period, and certainly not between the 6th of January and the 10th when the president-elect himself talked about it,” responded Clapper, adding, “So I don’t understand this, you know, I leaked it to CNN.”
You can watch Clapper with Lemon below. Let us know if you believe him.
Credit: Daily Caller