Former Director of National Intelligence under President Obama James Clapper offered a denial on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that there was wiretapping of President Trump or his campaign.
EXCLUSIVE: CLAPPER – " there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, president-elect, candidate or campaign" #MTP
— NBC News PR (@NBCNewsPR) March 5, 2017
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) March 5, 2017
But Clapper has a history of being misleading and worse.
Clapper cannot be the final word on any of this – lied to Congress, downplayed Iran threat assessment, misled about bin Laden documents.
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) March 5, 2017
Clapper said the same when asked under oath if they were collecting data on Americans https://t.co/O7c1VNLnjz
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) March 5, 2017
Clapper says no wiretapping of Trump Tower. That may be true. But here is another thing Clapper said about surveillance. Under oath. pic.twitter.com/KYBaPotqtV
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 5, 2017
Even The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, not exactly a card-carrying conservative, is puzzled by the fact that Democrats are trotting Clapper out to do their denying.
Shouldn't Democrats get someone more credible than James Clapper to make these denials? Like any randomly chosen person.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 5, 2017
Chuck Todd’s questioning of Clapper (or lack thereof) has also drawn criticism.
I wish Chuck Todd would have asked Clapper if he had any idea where these anonymous leaks have been coming from.
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) March 5, 2017
Kind of an important one to leave on the table, but it’s Chuck Todd.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 5, 2017
Unbelievable! How can that not be asked to someone your network is giving the opportunity to refute a statement by the president?