James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence for former President Obama, claims in his new book Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to sign a statement condemning foreign interference in elections.
In his book, “Facts and Fears, Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence,” Clapper claims the two Republican leaders did not want to sign anything that would hurt their party’s nominee. Clapper was “disappointed, but not surprised,” he also wrote.
“Mr. Clapper has his facts wrong. What was discussed with the White House staff in September was a letter to the states warning against attacks during the election, which was quickly drafted and sent on September 28th,” a spokesperson for Ryan and McConell told the DCNF.
During his appearance on “The View,” Clapper insisted the FBI was not spying on President Donald Trump’s campaign rather “on what the Russians were doing.” This was in response to Trump’s recent tweet calling for a Department of Justice investigation into whether or not his campaign was under unethical surveillance by the FBI and the Department of Justice. (RELATED: Clapper Defends Spying On Trump Campaign As ‘A Legitimate Activity’)
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