James Clapper Defiant: Bomb Scare ‘Not Going to Silence the Administration’s Critics’

Moments after reports that he was the addressee on a 12th suspicious package discovered this week, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called in to CNN Newsroom and delivered a defiant message: He will not be silenced.

“Whether or not this is just only intended to sow fear, intimidate, that sort of thing, or they’re for real, I actually don’t know that,” Clapper said. “I do want to just echo one thing that [former CIA Director] John Brennan said, and that is this is not going to silence the administration’s critics.”

Clapper, like Brennan, and each of the other addressees of the packages this week, has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump. Clapper, on Friday, did not attempt to blame the president for the current attack. He did, however, criticize his overall tenor.

“I’m not suggesting a direct cause and effect relationship between anything he’s said or done and the distribution of these explosives,” Clapper said. “But I do think he bears some responsibility for the coarseness and un-civility of the dialogue in this country. And he needs to remember that his words count. His voice is the most important in this country, and, for that matter, the world. And he should think about that in the way he addresses the country.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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