Monday, 20 November, 2017

I believe Putin on election meddling. Intel leaders: You're getting "played".

Former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.   Screenshot  CNN Former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Screenshot CNN
Frank Williams | 12 November, 2017, 21:47

Trump has repeatedly questioned the conclusion of top intelligence agencies that Russian Federation conducted a sophisticated effort to tip last year's election in Trump's favor.

In again denouncing the asssesment, Trump called former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper 'political hacks, ' explicitly siding with Putin over former USA officials. "And to try paint it in any other way is, I think, astounding, and, in fact, poses a peril to this country".

"I think Mr. Putin is very clever in terms of playing to Mr. Trump's interest in being flattered". After Trump's comments, the Central Intelligence Agency said its director, Mike Pompeo - who is close to Trump - stood by the January assessment, something a Central Intelligence Agency spokesman told me last week.

Trump on Saturday reignited the controversy, when reporters asked if he discussed Russian interference with Putin while meeting at the Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam.

CNN host Jake Tapper asked Clapper if Obama made a mistake to not make a "bigger public deal" of the efforts at the time, but Clapper responded that hindsight fell into the "coulda, woulda, shoulda" department.

On Twitter, the U.S. president described the conversation with Putin as good and condemned all who criticized his efforts to improve relations with Russian Federation as haters and fools.

Asked to elaborate on what threat Russia poses to the US, Clapper said that new evidence that's come out since the intelligence community first published its findings in January "further reinforce the depth and magnitude and scope and aggressiveness of Russian interference", including "their very astute use of social media".

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"I do believe in my heart that the men and women of the intelligence community will continue to convey truth to power, even if the power ignores the truth", said Clapper. "I think he's very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country".

"I don't know why the ambiguity about this, because the threat posed by Russian Federation, as John just said, is manifest and obvious and has been for a long time", said Clapper.

Trump has long cast doubt on the intelligence community's findings on Russian Federation, and he has pushed back forcefully on its conclusion that the Kremlin mounted the effort specifically to help Trump's campaign and hurt that of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

In the same interview, he also called the ex-Intel heads "political hacks".

"He was referring to us as political hacks because he was trying to delegitimize the intelligence community assessment", Brennan said.

"I found it particularly reprehensible that on Veterans Day Donald Trump would attack and impugn the integrity and the character of Jim Clapper, who served in uniform for 35 years", said the ex-CIA chief. Clapper "responded to the call of his country to go to Vietnam, flew in over 70 combat support missions over Vietnam, and like Sen". And like Senator McCain, really did put his life at risk because of this country's national security.

"I think it's something Mr. Trump should be ashamed of", he added.

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