Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he suspects the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin may have blackmail material on President Donald Trump.
Clapper was discussing Trump’s closed-door meeting with Putin in Helsinki Monday and said he’s beginning to wonder if the president is being controlled by the Kremlin. (RELATED: Jim Jordan Slaps James Clapper For Leaking Confidential Documents)
“It makes me very nervous,” Clapper said on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday. “I have been trying my best to give the president the benefit of the doubt, and I’ve always expressed potential other theories as to why he behaves as he does with respect to Russia generally and Putin specifically.”
“But more and more, I come to the conclusion that after the Helsinki performance and since, that I really do wonder whether the Russians have something on him,” he said.
Clapper said Trump’s behavior has been “unbelievable” and thinks the fallout from his comments could jeopardize America’s safety and security.
“I think his behavior was just unbelievable. I’m still trying to get my head around what I witnessed at the Helsinki press conference,” Clapper concluded. “And this is a concern, of course, because of the jeopardy to the national security of the United States.”
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