James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, said Friday that former President Barack Obama had “no knowledge” of an FBI informant in the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
“I am sure President Obama had no knowledge whatsoever of an informant,” Clapper said, adding that the FBI has many informants who play various roles within the department “who provide very valuable information and do so in a legitimate way.” (RELATED: Clapper: It’s ‘A Good Thing’ FBI Was Spying On Trump Campaign)
Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, asked on Fox News, “What role did Barack Obama have, did he know that the FBI was keeping informants there, and I’ll guarantee the answer is yes.” He continued to say that the FBI must have gone through the White House first before putting an FBI informant in a presidential campaign.
Clapper has also said “it’s a good thing” there was an FBI informant in the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election cycle, and that President Trump should be glad an informant was embedded there. (RELATED: James Clapper Says Trump Should Be Glad There Was An FBI Informant In His Campaign)
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