Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper allegedly leaked information to CNN early last year regarding the classified briefings given to then President-Elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama on the salacious dossier claiming the Russians had compromising information on the president-elect, according to government sources, who noted the evidence of the leak was collected during the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation.

Clapper, who was one of four senior Obama administration officials to attend the briefing with the presidents, also stated his “profound dismay at the leaks” in an official statement issued in January, 2017 and warned that the leaks were “extremely corrosive and damaging” to national security, according to his press release.

Texas Republican Mike Conaway, R-Texas, announced Monday in a press release, that the committee found no evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. The Republican members released only a portion of the committee’s findings in the late afternoon. The full report will undergo a review  to ensure that it does not reveal or damage national security before its public release, congressional sources added. The committee interviewed its final witness former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski last week and had accessed all documents related to its probe, a congressional source told this reporter.

“We’ve interviewed all the folks we needed too,” Conaway told Fox News Monday. “We could find no evidence of collusion between either campaign and the Russians.”

Conaway said the committee did, however, find evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election. A one. page assessment of the findings stated that the “draft report will be provided to the Committee minority on March 13 for review and comment. After adoption it will be submitted for a declassification review, and a declassified version will be made public.”

Since the start of the House Intelligence Committee investigation  “the Committee majority and minority agreed to four parameters for this investigation, covering Russian active measures directed against the 2016 election and against our European allies, the U.S. Government’s response to those attacks, links between Russians and the Trump and Clinton campaigns, and leaks of classified information.”

“After conducting 73 witness interviews, holding nine hearings and briefings, and reviewing over 300,000 documents, we are confident that we have thoroughly investigated the agreed-upon parameters, and developed reliable initial findings and recommendations,” he said. “We will now be moving into the next phase of this investigation, working with the minority on a report to give the American people answers to the questions they’ve been asking for over a year.”

Conaway said that with the2018 primary elections already underway, “just 238 days until the mid-term elections in November, it’s important that we give the American people the information they need to arm themselves against Russian attempts to influence our elections.”

But according to government sources Clapper, who is not mentioned in the report released Monday, had spoken to CNN at roughly the same time Jake Tapper broke the first story regarding the briefings conducted by senior intelligence officials with Trump and Obama on the dossier. Tapper’s story, which published in January 2017, created a snowball effect of allegations in the media that Trump’s campaign had allegedly colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election and that Russia had compromising material on Trump, sources with knowledge of the investigation concluded.

Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey and National Security Advisor Mike Rogers  agreed to brief both Obama and Trump on the dossier in early January 2017.  Comey briefed Trump, sharing a two-page summary with him of the contents of the dossier.

Clapper nor Tapper could be immediately reached for comment.

The dossier, which was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, at the behest of embattled research firm Fusion GPS, was already being shopped around by Steele to journalists in Washington as early as the summer of 2016, according to reports. At the time, journalists who had heard of the dossier were reluctant to publish the findings because of its unverified content.

“[Clapper] gave the dossier legs and news agencies began to publish its contents because it had now become official news…”

 

But it was when CNN published the first report that Trump and Obama had been briefed the dossier’s findings that other news agencies began to report on it. The committee found evidence that Clapper, who is now a contributor at CNN, contacted CNN shortly before the story was published by Tapper, Evan Perez, and Jim Sciutto. The story detailed the briefings given to Trump by the senior officials on the contents of the dossier and “gave the dossier legs and news agencies began to publish its contents because it had now become official news,” one congressional source told this reporter. Shortly after CNN published the report, Buzzfeed made the decision to post the entire 35-page dossier and referenced the CNN report in its decision to publish it, according to the website.

On Jan. 11, Clapper issued a press release stating that the leaks in the media regarding the briefing on the dossier were “extremely corrosive and damaging to national security.”

“I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security,” he stated. “We also discussed the private security company document, which was widely circulated in recent months among the media, members of Congress and Congressional staff even before the IC became aware of it. I emphasized that this document is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC.”

“The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions,” Clapper stated. “However, part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security.”

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CNN was the first to report that the Russians allegedly had “compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.”

CNN also reported that the findings were compiled by a credible former British spy and that the FBI was investigating the allegations. The official sources also told CNN that one reason they wanted to brief Trump on the unverified information is that it had been circulating among the media.

At a Senate Intelligence hearing on June 8, 2017, after Comey was fired, the former FBI director told Sen. Susan Collin’s under questioning on Jan. 6, 2017 he wanted then President-elect Trump to know “I was briefing him about the salacious and unverified material. It was in a context of that that he had a strong and defensive reaction about that not being true. My reading of it was it was important for me to assure him we were not person investigating him.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA, had battled both Democrats and the Department of Justice over the past year in an effort to obtain documents for the Russia phase of the investigation, according to previous reports. The Democrats in the House Intelligence Committee are expected to release their own findings in the upcoming weeks, which will not be as conclusive and will suggest more investigations are needed into alleged collusion with the Russia, according to reports.

This story was updated to include statements issued by Rep. Conaway and the one-page assessment of the committee’s findings.

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75 Comments

  1. No one is above the law, correct?

    So when will the DOJ file criminal charges against Clapper?

  2. I wish there was some way to majorly expose Clapper for his “extremely corrosive and damaging” behavior. I don’t know enough about the law to say definitively Mr. Clapper broke the law by leaking the information to CNN, but as the Democrats cry all the time, “it is unfair” at best. It seems like Mr. Clapper was trying to undermine & remove the validly elected POTUS, Donald J. Trump. Is that considered sedition? Sedition definition: The overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that tends toward insurrection against the established order.

  3. Gotta wonder what was in it for anybody to play this game other than to CYA? The whole story is a festering boil.

  4. Sick part of all this is that today Mar 12, 2018 is the final day to charge Clapper, as statute of limitations has run out.

  5. What do you believe is the controlling statute of limitations?

    Can any lawyers comment? Could some other violation extend the SOL?

  6. “The Democrats ……. are expected to release their own findings …… which will not be as conclusive and will suggest more investigations are needed ……” This horse was never alive and I don’t know when they’ll stop kicking it. Sons of witches. What a waste of our money.

  7. Are you referring to the statute for his lying to Congress during a hearing by saying he didn’t believe the U.S. had spied on citizens (‘not wittingly’), or the leak to CNN about the briefing 15 months ago? Two different things.

  8. I’m not a lawyer, but some claim that leaks are covered by charges of 1) perjury and 2) making false statements, both have a 5 year SOL. The same folks claim Clapper has avoided charges from March of 2013 when some believe he lied to Congress.

    But Sara Carter asserts his law breaking from approximately one year ago (CNN leak), and he may have again lied to Congress in May of 2017.

    We can see how these avalanche of leaks have created problems for the Trump Administration. Could Clapper be one of the 27 leak investigations now underway?

    Feedback from a lawyer type would be appreciated.

  9. Clapper should be arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced. Truth is, though, probably nothing will happen to this lying leaker.

  10. Never. All these hacks, Comey, Mueller, Clapper, Rice, et al, are all serial leakers and no one does a damn thing.

  11. LOCK HIM UP!! That is what these intel guys do – they lie. That’s why I don’t believe them when they say it was Russia who hacked the DNC server. I believe Julian Assange before I would believe anything those sob intel guys said. Enjoy your job at CNN, Jim. Maybe they can do a remote from prison. You belong with Fake News!! And there is wmd in Iraq!

  12. Not a single person will be questioned or arrested. Everybody knows this.
    This is merely an exercise to show the public just how much power and corruption exists to rub it in peoples faces. The Oakland mayor, Chicago and Cali giving legit docs to enable them to vote in 2018 being the latest examples.

  13. Clapper, Brennan, Rice, et al, truly disgusting human beings. They held some of the highest offices in the land and handled the most sensitive info. Positions of trust calling for the highest integriry. Treasonous bastards one and all. They sold their souls for partisan favors. F…. ’em. Arrest them. Try them. Sentence them. If the best that can be had is to lock them up, then throw away the key. Truly disgusting vermin.

  14. I’m hoping, and I’m pretty sure Sessions understands that We The People will NOT accept a slap on the wrist when all this garbage is said and done. We WILL stand our ground. The days of a two-tier justice system are over, period.

  15. I certainly hope Clapper is punished severely. What a bold face liar. There needs to be many arrests and to put them in Gitmo until they get around to a trial. None of those Washington treasonists are any different than a terrorist to me!

  16. Don’t know if it’s sedition for sure but I believe it is. It is punishable, though, I know that! I remember the discussion last year when leakers were at their height and they were speaking about being punishable!

  17. Anybody see a pattern here? So far I’d say Joe diGenova is the most spot on. Hillary and Obama plotted, just as Hillary did to beat Bernie, to rig the election and if that didn’t work attempt to sabotage the Trump presidency. They enlisted co-marxists Clapper (a cartoon somewhere is missing their Elmer Fudd), Brennan, Rice, Comey, Mueller, and McCabe to do their dirty work and it’s worked a treat so far. At the same time, since the Marxist rule the media, Hollywood, and most of Washington they can break the law with impunity as in their warped minds, the ends justify the means.

    It’s on par with a B movie spy plot. The idiot Clapper goes on CNN to get the ball rolling, on cue, Buzzfeed released the fake dossier, Rice and Power start to unmask en mass, Rice writes a nutty cya email to herself, Brennan and Comey go on the attack with their sex crazed underlings saving the free world from Trump….sad.

    Now that you have the plot shall I give away the ending…it goes like this, real journalist uncover the truth and get stonewalled, real Americans know the truth and can do nothing, Hillary continues to exploit the world as a mafia don making Billions, Bill continues to party on Lolita Island, Obama continues his Marxist agenda when he is not in an opium den, Clapper and Brennan cash in big time at CNN, Rice comes out as a man just before refusing to testify before Congress and getting away with it, Sally Yates gets a lifetime pass to the Bohemian Grove as a female impersonator while making sacrifices to Baal, while Michelle and Oprah fight it out to see who God favors to be the first woman president.

  18. So our DNI leaked classified information to CNN. That is a felony. The list of felonies by members of our government at its highest levels grows daily. Yet nothing comes of it. The result of course is that people lose respect for the rule of law. They stop caring about the standards of behavior that define a civil society. There is clearly a ruling class in America. That ruling class does not have our nations best interests at heart. Which is why they have done all they can to destroy this president. He may or may not support policies you or i agree with. But he loves America. Which is a hell of a lot more than anyone in the Obama administration can say. Tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Our patriots are bleeding all over the world. The tyrants are rolling along just fine.

  19. You don’t need the exaggeration at the end about Rice, Yates, Oprah and Michelle. There is too much here that is REAL and INCOMPREHENSIBLE!

    I’ll add to your narrative.

    America is short on Uranium; it’s critical, dangerous, in short supply and valuable. So what do we do? We sell 20% of our precious, limited supply! Do we sell it to our ally, Israel, or England? No, no, we sell it to evil Russia!

    Better still, the Russians – through intermediaries – give the new Kennedy Foundation $150 Million! Yes, the Clinton Foundation.

    On top of that, Russians bribed Americans, $3 Million, and bribed transportation sources, and sent spies to get close to Hillary Clinton.

    Holder, McCabe, Rosenstein, Obama, Clinton and a few others knew about it – and kept it quite!

    To top it off, the last three international trips I have read about, guess who was with Hillary? Not Bill, not Oprah, not Chelsea. Gal pal Huma, leaving her child with someone else as her husband is on prison!

    And Hillary tripped 2 times walking down steps in India today, though she was being helped by 2 men.

  20. Imagine this. Hillary won, we would know far less. And without the Internet or talk radio, we would have known even less.

    QUESTIPN: Could private citizens gather donations, set up a trust, hire high-caliber attorney’s, and sue these criminals?

  21. Then again, there are the thousands of sealed indictments sitting out there. It is quite possible he has already been charged, jut not arrested YET.

  22. Unfortunately for you, the dates don’t confirm your allegations. Buzzfeed published dossier on Jan 10th. Tapper article came out on the 12th. Another shiny object for Faux Spews to distract from real news.

  23. As a reader and interested American do you think that CNN would keep Lying Clapper if an leaker indictment comes down on his head? I bet they would give him MORE time on TV.

  24. I hope an offer has already been made, an offer that goes like this=
    A full Pardon with no financial penalty. Setup with new ID and life-style, similar to the Witness Protection Program, IF desired. In return for a FULL 100% detailed exposure of the entire Plan, people involved, Lies, who ordered, etc., EVERYTHING, and no holding back, no protecting anyone. The deal holds if you’re Honest. If it is found that you lied, or withheld info, the agreement is lost. I believe the American People would want to have this full detailed exposure made. It would go a long way in healing

  25. Comey, “My reading of it was it was important for me to assure him we were not person investigating him”
    haha, but he never told him, they were spying on him and his associated–, and wiretapping the Trump Tower, Via British GCHQ surveillance, etc

  26. “The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions,” Clapper stated.

    And yet this document for which the IC has not made any judgement of reliability about was used months prior to Clapper’s statement to obtain FISA warrants.

  27. Interesting that Zerohedge reports today as the end of a 5 year statute of limitations on the perjury he committed in lying to congress about NSA collection of data on Americans. He skated on that one…but alas, maybe justice still has hope.

  28. Excellent timing, almost too good to be accidental. According to Zerohedge TODAY the statute of limitations expires on Clapper’s lies to Congress about NSA collecting personal data on Americans. So he skated on that crime, but maybe he’ll actually get put away on this one.

  29. Why has the hillary/DNC/Russia collusion and their attempts to throw the election with the help of a payed foreign power who provided FAKE information to them and to FAKE NEWS, never even mentioned for a REAL investigation?! It has been proven beyond a doubt but is for some reason completely ignored while obvious baloney that they paid for and used is taken seriously as a reason to endlessly investigate Trump!!

  30. Riddle me this: What logical reason can there have been for Russia-Trump collusion and cooperation when Putin already KNEW that Hillary could be bought? It is far more likely that Russia, just like almost everyone else, was convinced that Hillary would win the election…and they were trying to get as much “dirt” as possible (via the DNC e-mails and other sources close to HRC) to use as “leverage against the presumed “President Hillary Rodham Clinton.” Just a thought, gentle readers…

  31. Let’s not forget Clapper blatantly lied to Congress about the NSA’s unconstitutional collection of the communications of law abiding citizens. Of course, Obama’s DOJ did nothing because a) it wanted that illegal spying of citizens to occur, and b) it didn’t care that Clapper broke the law by lying under oath.

  32. I personally volunteer to pull the trap door handle, or pull a trigger when the real villains in this, all on the democrat and rino side, are finally brought to justice.

  33. So what evidence is there Clapper leaked this info other than he contacted CNN before the story came out? And how long before it came out. And why aren’t you as concerned that Trump leaked our most classified intel in a moment of utter stupidity and the only reason he’s not in jail is because the president is allowed to leak even if he’s a moron?

  34. Odd that Conaway was so certain that the Russians provided the DNC emails to Wikileaks, considering all the evidence to the contrary, and that the only evidence in favor of that premise is the assertion of Crowdstrike – a notably unreliable source who seem to find Russians under every bed (or Ukranian artillery piece). I find the other evidence far more plausible – that Seth Rich downloaded those files onto his thumbdrive. Both the independent analysis of the metadata and the testimony of several individuals supports that premise. Apart from the relative evaluation of the “experts”, it just seems implausible that Russian cyber experts would leave “fingerprints” when breaching a system. That would make them rank amateurs, which seems unlikely.

  35. It boggles the minds that the media, which with such baited breath wants to find Trump guilty of something, trips over themselves to receive illegally disseminated classified data. Press Shield Law be damned!!! Lock them up!!!

  36. Bob, exactly. The whole modus operandi screams of undermining whoever the leading candidate was at that point. The joke being that Hillary was the assumed leading candidate. They (the Russians) were across the board in sowing discord, including after the election. Anyone who is unwilling to see that is willingly blind.

  37. “…leaked our most classified intel in a moment of utter stupidity…” Wow. Where have you been, under a rock??? I guess you didn’t know it but…here it comes….that “classified intel” was ALREADY out in the open and more than one Country had ALREADY spoken to POTUS about it. Geez…why don’t you just…..get a freakin’ life, putz……cause you’re just so much hot, whining air right now.

  38. Tara Holmes, try to keep up. You claim, “Unfortunately for you, the dates don’t confirm your allegations. Buzzfeed published dossier on Jan 10th. Tapper article came out on the 12th. Another shiny object for Faux Spews to distract from real news.”

    If that were true, you’d be able to explain BuzzFeed’s reference to the Tapper article: “CNN reported Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Obama and Trump. Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds”

    Tapper’s article *prompted* BuzzFeed’s article; BuzzFeed said so itself. Apparently you’re the one being distracted by shiny objects.

  39. So WHEN just WHEN will Clapper Brennan and Colmey and the mob be prosecute??? NEVER I’ll bet. So disgusted
    .

  40. Tara Holmes all you have to do is actually read the Buzzfeed article. It has a link that the CNN report came out on Tuesday. This CNN report is the leak. The Jan 12th CNN date is an update.

  41. “The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions,” Clapper stated. “However, part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security.” Well.. if that’s the case, why was it used to obtain a FISA warrant?

  42. I sure as hell hope the IG, M. Horowitz has superior security because the next week or so seems to so resemble Clintons, Kiss of Death.

  43. TomXYZ, you’re correct. First of all Crowdstrike is also part of the DNC Socialist Establishment. As a scientist I can tell you that all of the facts are on the side of the whistleblowers and not on the side of DNC/FBI/CIA/MI-6 et.al. John McAfee came out very early on that it wasn’t the work of a State operation, let alone Russia. Assange, Amb Murray and Kim Dotcom have gone beyond that. We know it HAD to be leaked/downloaded in situ by the download rate alone. Mueller pretends not to know that. Seth Rich who was pro-Bernie realized that Hillary and Debbie had rigged the primary against Bernie so he got back at them by leaking their emails to Wikileaks. Hillary, Debbie and PedoPodesta went crazy and “made an example” (PedoPodest’s words) of the leaker…meaning they had him killed. Will it ever be proved? probably not, but it is the only logical explanation of the events.

  44. Oh look, even though there’s supposed to be nothing there, Mueller subpoenaed Trump’s Russian documents today, not asked for them, but subpoenaed the documents.
    So I’m guessing all the Russian trolls posting on here will feel even more at home now.
    And we’ll see who goes to jail first, someone from the Trump team or Clapper, or Rice, or McCabe, or Obama, or Clinton, or Comey, or Rosenstein, or …
    And as you Trumpsters like to say, “Lock ‘em up,” every damn one of them.
    Starting with Flynn, Manafort, Gates, Papadopolous, …
    So have a great MAGA day.
    As in Mueller Ain’t Going Away!
    And watch out, coming to a local pub near you, Russian poison.

  45. Edward Snowden has shown himself to be a true patriot and his reasoning for the course he chose was sound.Would like to see him invited to return home.I think he and our country deserve the truth about these corrupt ***holes on both sides of the aisle.To Ms.Carter..you are also a great patriot,but please know that humpty cannot be put back together again.Even this h.s.grad. and vet can see the establishment trying to sort everyone back to their past position (e.g. you watch Fox and you CNN and you stand for this…etc.)It’s way way to late for that.If the 24hr sedition posing as news keeps up and we cannot trust our justice system or ice we have no country.Sacrificing one or two of these criminals posing as guardians will not even come close.This is not politics it is organized crime.The American people can handle the whole truth but unless drastic action is taken they will never release their grip on our throats. This situation will likely only be solved with the unthinkable.It is my very strong opinion that pres. Trump should declare state of emergency until such time as our justice and Intel svcs are again working for this country and it’s people.This might lead to bloodshed but I for one see no other way our country survives.”against All enemies,foreign or domestic. .” To my fellow veterans remember your oath and remind others to do so as well.My one hope In all this is God .

  46. What a treaonous pig you are. As far as I’m concerned, you’re an enemy of America who belongs in jail. I guarantee you will go down with the Putin Puppet and it can’t come a moment too soon. Meanwhile, go fuck yourself, Trump shit.

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