Turley: Clapper Has a 'Serious Problem' If He Leaked Info to CNN About Dossier
Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley said that James Clapper could have a "serious problem" legally if he leaked information to CNN about the Trump-Russia dossier.
Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, 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 he provided "inconsistent testimony" about his contacts with the media regarding information leaks.
“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
Turley said on "Fox & Friends" Monday that if Clapper did in fact inform CNN about the briefing former FBI director James Comey had with the president about the dossier, "then he has a serious problem."
The House Intelligence Committee 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."
"There seems to be a lack of attention at the conduct of both [James Clapper and James Comey]," Turley said. "They released this information for personal, perhaps political [reasons], but not for the public interest."
Turley added that Comey told the president that CNN was looking for a "hook" in order to run the story regarding the existence of the salacious dossier.
"That hook ultimately became that briefing with Comey. ... But CNN reported that high-level people had confirmed this information with them. If one of those individuals is Clapper, then he has a serious problem. He could be accused again of perjury," said Turley.
Clapper was accused of perjury previously for testimony in March 2013 about mass surveillance by the NSA.
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