James Clapper: ‘We’re Losing Sight’ of How the Russia Investigation Started . . . Because of Russian Interference
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is shrugging off the news that William Barr is taking the first steps to conduct an investigation on the origins for the 2016 Russian probe.
During an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Clapper was asked if the investigation is “warranted” now that the attorney general has assigned U.S. Attorney John Durham for the job. Clapper answered with “you’re going to have to stand in line and take a number to do an investigation of the investigators.”
“There is a substantial investigation, which as I understand it, is nearing completion, being conducted by the Justice Department Inspector General,” Clapper said. “I’d wait for the outcome of that to determine if there needs to be more investigations.”
Clapper went on to say “we’re kind of losing sight” of the fact that the investigation was caused by Russia’s interfere with American political institutions and their attempts to engage with President Donald Trump‘s 2016 campaign. Clapper said that the focus at the time was in figuring out what the Russians were doing, but now, “the message I almost take away from this is, ‘well, we should have ignored that.'”
“That was a profound threat and still is to our electoral system,” Clapper said. “I wish people would pay more attention to volume I of the Mueller report, the exhaustive detail about what the Russians did. We’re losing sight of that.”
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