Fiery 'What a Bunch of Slime Bags': Bongino Rips Clapper, Comey Over Leaks on Trump Dossier
Dan Bongino criticized former National Intelligence Director James Clapper for allegedly lying about leaking information about the dossier on President Trump to the media.
Clapper had said in a March 12 CNN interview that he had no contact with anyone from the media until after he left the government.
The House Intelligence Committee, though, found in a heavily redacted report that Clapper provided "inconsistent testimony" about his contacts with the media regarding information leaks.
Clapper, according to the report, discussed the dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper in early January of last year.
James Comey and James Clapper insist they had nothing to do with the media reporting of the Russian dossier.
It sure looks like that isn't true. Read this remarkable section from the Intel report. Clapper discussed the dossier with journalists and lied to the committee about it. pic.twitter.com/sEAOkahJUT
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) April 27, 2018
Bongino said that Clapper and former FBI director James Comey came up with a "genius scheme" to brief President Trump about the dossier and then have Clapper leak information about that briefing to CNN.
"Conveniently, BuzzFeed then puts out the dossier just days later. What a bunch of slime bags," he said.
The report also noted that Clapper, who is now a national security analyst for CNN, "admitted that he might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic."
President Trump on Saturday referred to Clapper as a "lying machine."
“Clapper lied about (fraudulent) Dossier leaks to CNN” @foxandfriends FoxNews He is a lying machine who now works for Fake News CNN.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2018
The House Intelligence Committee “found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.” The committee did, however, “find poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaign.”
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