James Clapper raised questions about Trump's fitness for the presidency
National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. photo: AP/Cliff Owen, photo: AP/Cliff Owen
24 of August 2017 18:08:23
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump traded verbal barbs Thursday with James Clapper, the former national intelligence chief, who has questioned Trump's fitness to be in the Oval Office.
Clapper has denied lying to Congress. He says he misspoke a few years ago when he said the U.S. was not collecting citizens' data. Documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden later indicated widespread domestic surveillance.Clapper told CNN that the "beautiful" letter referred to notes he wrote to both Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the night before the Nov. 8 election.In the one to Trump — the only one that was delivered — Clapper wrote that he hoped the president would support the intelligence agencies' practice of speaking "truth to power." That's a reference to sharing intelligence even if it runs counter to what a president believes or wants to hear.On Jan. 6, before the inauguration, intelligence officials briefed Trump on their assessment of Russian meddling in the election and he was told about the existence of a dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer. The dossier, which contained allegations of compromising personal and financial information about the president, was later released by a news organization."Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to 'leak' into the public," Trump tweeted. "One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?"
James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017