James Clapper is in big, big trouble now. Not only did he get himself caught saying a blatant lie, he also CONFIRMED that President Trump was right in his claims that President Obama wiretapped him and his conversations even after Donald Trump became President Elect Donald Trump.
Back in March of this year, after President Trump made his first claims about President Obama wiretapping him and his campaign, James Clapper told NBC that there was absolutely no way he wouldn’t know if a warrant was issued by the FISA court.
When Chuck Todd of NBC asked him, James Clapper stated categorically that there was no warrant being used against Paul Manafort.
Chuck Todd: “If the FBI for instance had a FISA court order of some sort for surveillance, would that be information you would know or not know?”
James Clapper: “Yes.”
Chuck Todd: “You would be told this?”
James Clapper: “I would know that, yes. Something like this, absolutely.”
As if to clarify, Chuck Todd asked him again if he could ‘confirm or deny’ that there was a warrant issued by the FISA court to the FBI for surveillance against Trump or his campaign, James Clapper stated: “I can deny it.”
Original statement here:
This and other statements were used to bolster the media’s case that the President elect was not being wiretapped by the outgoing President, something that President Trump asserted was actually happening, illegally, in his tweets in early March:
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!
I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
AND YET, yesterday James Clapper stated he did not know about FISA warrant that allowed the wiretapping of Paul Manafort.
This completely contradicts his statement in March that he absolutely would know about any warrants against the President Elect or his campaign.
Clapper has found himself in a bit of a bind:
Former Dir. of National Intelligence James Clapper says he has no knowledge of a FISA warrant for Paul Manafort https://t.co/vniSsCZwfG
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) September 21, 2017
Furthermore, he does not rule out that President Trump may have also been recorded while the FBI was pursuing the surveillance wiretaps against Paul Manafort:
Don Lemon: Is it possible the president was picked up in a conversation with Paul Manafort?
James Clapper: It’s certainly conceivable.
Don Lemon: Is it likely?
James Clapper: I can’t say. I wouldn’t want to go there, but I will say it’s possible.
This hole keeps getting deeper and deeper.