In a March 5th interview with Chuck Todd, James Clapper stated:
I can’t speak officially anymore, but I will say that for the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, as a candidate, or against his campaign.”
Now, new reports released about the Trump “unmasking” prove that’s not true.
According to Fox News, not only did James Clapper know about “electronic surveillance” of Trump, he actually participated in it.
The Daily Caller corroborated the claim, stating that Susan Rice specifically ordered surveillance of Donald Trump’s phone calls with “detailed spreadsheets” and transcripts to be recorded. This is figuratively known as a “wiretap.”
In the interview, Clapper also dodged several questions from Chuck Todd about the surveillance of Trump and how the Obama administration sought to widely disseminate details of the suveillance throughout the government.
Chuck Todd: “The New York Times earlier this week [published] this idea that they [the Obama administration] sort of left a trail, maybe lowered classification. Can you walk us through how that would work? Did they lower classification levels on certain information? Was that a fair read of what was done in the last few weeks of the administration?”
James Clapper: “Actually not. Because of the sensititity of much of the information in this report, our actual effort was to protect it and not to spread it around and certainly not to dumb it down, if I can use that phrase, in order to disseminate it more widely.”
Not so fast. A new report states that James Clapper specifically knew about the “unmasking” of Trump, a story that continues to expose the massive surveillance program enacted before Trump was a candidate and continued even after he won the election. It involved Susan Rice, John Brennan, Ben Rhodes, and James Clapper.
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) April 3, 2017
Information about Donald Trump and his campaign appears to have been widely distributed throughout bureaus of the government and readily available to heads of the intelligence community.
James Clapper specifically lied about the dissemination of surveillance, claiming it was “protected and not spread around.”
A report from Fox News states:
Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.
The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.
The names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump and people close to him, including family members, for up to a year before he took office.”