Clapper On Hillary Funding 'Trump Dossier': What Difference Does It Make?

While Democrats, old and new, are abandoning the sinking Hillary Clinton ship, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is still "with her."

As Daily Caller reports, Clapper is shrugging off news that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded the research behind the dossier on Donald Trump (and lied about it non-stop for almost a year). Clapper said the only thing that matters is whether the information is “corroborated.”

“With respect to the dossier itself, the key thing is it doesn’t matter who paid for it,” Clapper told Erin Burnett on “OutFront” Wednesday night.

 

“It’s what the dossier said and the extent to which it’s corroborated or not.”

In other words: What Difference Does It Make?

Despite saying he doesn’t care who put up the money for the dossier, Clapper was suggesting that an “audit trail” could substantiate who actually did pay for it - although that seems to have been already demonstrated.

“When we did our intelligence committee assessment, we were aware that there had been research done and that some Republican candidates, as a matter of fact, had contracted through Fusion GPS to obtain what it later became known as the dossier,” Clapper noted, adding that the project was then transferred to the DNC and Hillary for America.

 

“This is something that bears an audit trail by experts in finances that can track the auditing for this,” he suggested to CNN, because that would enable investigators “to see who was responsible for it.”

Clapper then told CNN that he believes the U.S. intelligence community was able to validate portions of the dossier that suggest Trump exercised little political acumen while in Russia.

Comments

RussianSniper Oct 26, 2017 10:11 PM Permalink

This man is a traitor to his country.

As is John Brennan.

As is Barack Obama

As is Hillary Clinton.

Susan Rice

Holder

Lynch

McCain

Podesta

Mook

Rhodes

CNN

NBC
ABC
CBS
NYT
WaPo

Term limits and death sentences are the solution.

FUBAR

There Oct 26, 2017 4:51 PM Permalink

In other news, the Useless Feckless Administration and Congress are busy chasing rainbows and conducting investigations of doubtless use for America going forward.

Yes We Can. Bu… Oct 26, 2017 4:38 PM Permalink

The fact that Clapper continues to dissemble in support of Hillary Clinton suggests the he knows if she goes down hard, he goes down hard.And look at that pic of the guy.  Talk about having the face you deserve.And what a sorry POS Erin morphed into.

amor terra Oct 26, 2017 4:26 PM Permalink

That dipshit Erin Burnett sitting there, shaking her head earnestly, while knowing full well that the whole thing was a put up job, a false smear, and exactly who'd been behind it.  Smarmy, nasty woman.

cesar amor terra Oct 26, 2017 7:08 PM Permalink

It isn't important for the public to know that the political opposition ie Hillary Clinton, financed (or partly financed) a dubious report about the president elect which smears his reputation, undermines his legitimacy and leads to months of investigation/hearings - ultimately leading nowhere?  If that is so then nothing matters in Washington Fantasyland.

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oromae Oct 26, 2017 4:18 PM Permalink

What difference does it make that it was financed by a duplicitous serial liar vying for the highest office in the land? Only another conscienceless serial liar could think that. 

Stranger_in_a_… Oct 26, 2017 4:05 PM Permalink

If we had 'real' journalists/reporters, every single statement from Clapper would be followed by a reporter response of, "So, is what you state a lie, or the least untruthful?"  Every single Clapper utterance, would be followed by that question, over and over.If that were the case, we eventually would just never hear from him again; he'd get the hint nobody believes anything he says.

DaiRR Oct 26, 2017 3:40 PM Permalink

Corroborate this Clapper: 1.  You're an admitted perjurer before Congress.2.  Your management of the intelligence service was shoddy at best.3.  You're all for taking away American liberties and their protections.4.  Your Russian "corroboration evidence" against Trump was false, just like the Trump dossier, but you insist America believe your BS.5.  You're an Obama running lackey dog.

moneybots Oct 26, 2017 3:23 PM Permalink

"Clapper then told CNN that he believes the U.S. intelligence community was able to validate portions of the dossier that suggest Trump exercised little political acumen while in Russia." It doesn't matter what Clapper believes. Speculation is not evidence. However Bill Clinton did receive $500,000 for a speech in Russia and the Clinton Foundation did receive some 145 MILLION dollars from those related to the Uranium One deal.

how_this_stuff_works Oct 26, 2017 3:15 PM Permalink

That Hilliary and the DNC paid for the Trump Dossier probably wasn't "news" to Clapper, a perjurer.

But he still had the audacity to testify before the Senate in January about this matter when McCain and Graham were hell bent on going to war with Russia over this election-meddling shit.

Undoubtedly the Republicans passed on it because there was so much merit to the allegations.

SRV Oct 26, 2017 2:52 PM Permalink

I usually give CNN about 5 mins of my time to see if I can find some actual news (other than inti-Trump BS) in my sample.I was unfortunate enough to hit this pathetic interview while the Uranium One revellations were dropping last night... the body language of this lying POS was a sight to behold, and took "shifty" to a whole new level.So, we have at leas two (don't even have to check on msnbc) national news orgs openly lying while refusing to report a single word on the biggest scandal to hit DC in decades and pushing these utter lies to deflect for the criminal Clinton Cabal.SHUT THEM DOWN and begin approving actual news organizations, contractually obligated to non partisan reporting, good and bad on both sides (and yes, that would require hiring some now in the Alt News business, the only journalists left)! 

GunnyG Oct 26, 2017 4:49 PM Permalink

Clapper is unbelievably stupid. Having met this assclown, his bumbling stammering yapping and his dumbassery have to be experienced to be believed. 

NoWayJose Oct 26, 2017 2:19 PM Permalink

The 'new' spin on this - Clapper 'believes' some of it was validated by US Intelligence.

There was never anything actually confirmed or validated - but the 'belief' justified their actions. Clapper will never say exactly what was ever validated.

The real scandal is not Hillary and the DNC paying for it - but rather is the US Intelligence and FBI and Obama adminstration taking 'action' based on this 'belief'.