Former United States Director of National Intelligence James Clapper attested in a CNN interview that President Barack Obama is responsible for spearheading the Russia-collusion probe against President Donald Trump.
While attempting to defend his former boss’s legacy against Trump’s assertion that the Obama administration took no action about Russian meddling in U.S. elections, he actually affirmed that the former president is responsible for the allegations made to spur the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.
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The accusations have embroiled and plagued the president while tying up investigators in Washington for two years – claims that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently debunked to the chagrin of Democrats and the anti-Trump media.
Clapper explained that Obama’s effort to smear Trump led an enduring effort in Washington to tie the president to the Russians.
“If it weren’t for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today – notably, special counsel Mueller’s investigation,” Clapper told CNN, according to WND.
It was indicated that the ongoing probe was set up to prove meddling and collusion – rather than investigate whether or not such unscrupulous activity was actually taking place.
"The intelligence community assessment to which [Clapper] refers addressed Russia meddling in general, [and] that was the special counsel’s task, as well,” WND noted. “But it’s clear that Obama officials – including Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan – were promoting the Trump-collusion allegation … and that claim was the focus of Mueller’s probe.”
Clapper’s response regarding Obama and the probe was questioned by CNN’s Anderson Cooper in the interview.
“The 2017 assessment that the president says he now agrees with – that was done while you and then NCI Director John Brennan were still in office,” Cooper said, setting up his inquiry. “So, how can we reconcile the president attacking you, but apparently, after a very long time finally, allegedly … saying he agrees with the product of the intelligence community that you, yourself oversaw?”
Clapper then directed the attention away from himself onto Trump, before trying to shed Obama in a positive light.
“Yes, well, this is – yes, as we’ve come to know the President – he is not a stalwart for a consistency or coherence, so it’s very hard to explain that,” Clapper responded. “One point I’d like to make, Anderson – that I don’t think has come up very much before, and I’m alluding now to the president’s criticism of President Obama for all that he did or didn’t do before he left office with respect to the Russian meddling – if it weren’t for President Obama, we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today … notably, special counsel Mueller’s investigation.”
He then credited Obama for masterminding the probe orchestrated to incriminate Trump.
“President Obama is responsible for that, and it was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place,” Clapper continued. “I think it’s an important point when it comes to critiquing President Obama.”
As a byproduct of the false Russia collusion allegations against Trump, key Democrats were found to be conspiring to undermine Trump’s run for the White House in 2016.
“While Mueller concluded the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, the House Intelligence Committee and investigative reporters have turned up evidence of collusion between the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to prevent Trump from winning,” WND pointed out. “A key line of inquiry is the story surrounding the dossier of unverified, anti-Trump ‘dirt’ funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. The document – the House intel panel found – was used by the Obama Justice Department and FBI to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.”
An inquiry into the exact origins of the collusion allegation was launched by Sen. Lindey Graham (R-S.C.). in the wake of investigative reporters John Solomon and Sara Carter’s groundbreaking coverage about the Obama administration’s central role in pushing the collusion narrative.
Holding Trump and friends accountable
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged Congress to call officials of the Obama administration – including Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan – to testify.
“[These Obama officials] perpetrated this absurd lie [that President Trump was a] foreign agent [for Russia], Sanders proclaimed from the White House lawn, according to Fox News.
After defending his commentary as a CNN national security analyst, Clapper addressed Sanders’ remarks, insisting that she was misrepresenting the matter.
“Clapper … responded by suggesting that Sanders was ‘confusing’ collusion with Russian interference, telling Anderson Cooper that he was ’tasked’ by then-President Obama to put together the reports on Russian interference in the 2016 election,” Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn explained. “He insisted that he had been ‘consistent’ shortly following Trump’s inauguration that ‘we didn’t have enough evidence’ at the time and that the Mueller probe would ‘resolve it once and for all.’”
With the Mueller phase of the investigation concluding Trump’s innocence regarding the Russian collusion allegations, the floodgates to find those responsible for the attack on the president’s loyalty – to keep him from the White House and then to impeach him – are now wide open.
Trump is at the forefront of spurring efforts to expose Obama and his officials for framing him for collusion charges.
“President Trump retweeted a link about a Wall Street Journal op-ed saying the Obama administration must account for ‘abuse of surveillance powers,’” a USA Today op-ed recalled.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also made a call to bring Obama and his administration to justice regarding the probe.
“Time to investigate the Obama officials who concocted and spread the Russian conspiracy hoax!” Paul tweeted.
Former spokesman for the George W. Bush administration, Ari Fleisher, asked what USA Today opinion columnist James S. Robbins called “the ultimate question” when addressing the two-year fiasco.
“What did Barack Obama know and what and when did he authorize it?” Fleischer tweeted.
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