Director of National Intelligence (DNI) turned CNN commentator
James Clapper not only leaked information related to the infamous
"Steele dossier" to CNN's Jake Tapper while
Clapper was in office - it appears he
also lied about it to Congress, under oath.
was one of the "two national security officials" cited in CNN's
report -published minutes
after Buzzfeed released the full
revelation that Clapper was responsible for leaking details of
both the dossier and briefings to two presidents on the matter
is significant, because former Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) director James Comey
wrote in one of four memos that he leaked that the briefing of
Trump on salacious and unverified allegations from the dossier
was necessary because “CNN had them and were looking for a
news hook.” -The
Comey said that Trump needed to be briefed on the Dossier's
allegations since CNN "had them" - because
James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence at the
time, provided that information to the same network he now
who's idea was it to brief Trump on the dossier? JAMES
CLAPPER - according to former FBI Director James
was something that Clapper wanted me to speak to the
[president-elect] about alone or in a very small group,”
revelations detailing Clapper's leak to CNN can be found in a 253-page
report by the House Intelligence Committee
majority released on Friday - which also found "no
evidence that the Trump
campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian
Sean Davis of The
Federalist bluntly states: "Clapper
leaked details of a dossier briefing given to
then-President-elect Donald Trump to CNN’s Jake Tapper, lied to
Congress about the leak, and was rewarded with a CNN contract a
few months later."
Clapper's Congressional testimony:
ROONEY: Did you discuss the dossier or any other intelligence
related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists?
later changed his tune after he was
confronted about his communications with Tapper:
subsequently acknowledged discussing the ‘dossier with CNN
journalist Jake Tapper,’ and admitted that he might have spoken
with other journalists about the same topic,” the report reads.
“Clapper’s discussion with Tapper took place in early January
2017, around the time IC leaders briefed President Obama and
President-elect Trump, on ‘the Christopher Steele information,’ a
two-page summary of which was ‘enclosed in’ the highly-classified
version of the ICA,” or intelligence community assessment.
Posobiec adds, "To
be clear: CNN's Jake Tapper participated in a leak of highly
classified information from James Clapper and knowingly
participated in a cover-up of it that has gone on for months,
during which time CNN hired Clapper as a paid contributor."
Caller's Chuck Ross notes that Clapper also denied
speaking to the media in a March conversation with CNN's Don
let's not forget, Jake
Tapper has been participating in the lie.
it is Don - as The
Federalist's Mollie Hemmingway wrote
in January - Comey's account of Trump's
briefing on the dossier suggested
that it was a setup from the beginning - and that
it was only done in order to legitimize the story and justify
leaking the unverified and salacious details to journalists.
bring it home with Mollie Hemmingway's summary from January which
hits the nail on the head:
Comey, at Clapper’s expressed behest, told Trump that CNN was
“looking for a news hook” to publish dossier allegations. He
said this in the briefing of Trump that almost immediately
leaked to CNN, which provided them the very news hook they
sought and needed.
briefing, and the leaking of it, legitimized the dossier, which
touched off the Russia hysteria. That hysteria led to a
full-fledged media freakout. During the freakout, Comey
deliberately refused to say in public what he acknowledged
repeatedly in private — that the President of the United States
was not under investigation. He even noted in his memos that he
told the president at least three times that he was not under
investigation. Comey’s refusal to admit publicly what he kept
telling people privately led to his firing. -The
look forward to James Clapper talking his way out of this on CNN
during carefully scripted conversations with fellow talking heads.