Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper slammed the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee for closing their investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and for claiming that Russia did not collude with the Trump campaign.
Clapper told CNN that the intelligence community — NSA, CIA, FBI — found that “the objective of the Russians was to sow discontent, to hurt Hillary Clinton and to help now-President Trump.”
Clapper added: “I stand on those findings and the intelligence community, of today, stands on those findings.”
Clapper also told CNN’s Jim Scuitto that people are “living in their own reality bubbles when we can’t agree on basic facts.”
More from Clapper: he notes IC assessment re Russian intentions was based on range of information including Putin’s animus toward Clinton and Putin’s belief he could work with Trump
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Former CIA analyst Phil Mudd also pounded the House Intelligence Committee’s claim that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump:
How the heck can they say they got to the bottom of this when they didn’t interview people because people came to the table and said “we’re not answering.”
…Their responsibility was not to represent party, Democrat or Republican, but to represent people.
How do we protect the next election? The last 30 minutes, Wolf, you give me one sentence where somebody spoke about how they’re going to protect us instead of saying this is why the other party did something wrong.
If this report were written on toilet paper, I wouldn’t stoop to wipe my ass with it. These people owe us more. They gave us less. That’s what I see, Wolf. That’s it.