Former Obama intelligence chief James Clapper could be in hot water. According to new reports, he played a role in leaking the infamous Trump dossier. How fitting that he now works for CNN.
The Washington Times reports:
Obama DNI Clapper leaked dossier story on Trump: House intel report
James Clapper, while the nation’s highest ranking intelligence officer, leaked to CNN sleazy anti-Trump information contained in the Christoper Steele dossier that was privately briefed to the president-elect, according to a new House intelligence report.
Mr. Clapper, now a paid CNN analyst, had denied he was the leaker. He is an ardent Trump critic and has predicted his downfall.
Barack Obama’s director of national intelligence, Mr. Clapper admitted to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in private testimony that he briefed CNN’s Jake Tapper in early January 2017.
He had pressed FBI Director James Comey to present to Mr. Trump at Trump Tower on Jan. 6, 2017 the dossier’s salacious parts, according to Mr. Comey’s own memos.
CNN then ran a story on Jan. 10, 2017 about the briefing which said the Russians own compromising material on the new president concerning prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room.
The report gave the dossier instant legitimacy. Its unverified charges have dogged the Trump White House ever since.
Is it time to open an investigation of Clapper?