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FLASHBACK: Former DNI James Clapper Implicated Barack Obama in 2016 Election Scandal

FLASHBACK: Former DNI James Clapper Implicated Barack Obama in 2016 Election Scandal
President Barack Obama studies a document held by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper during the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office, Feb. 3, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

On Friday, President Trump Trump called in on Fox & Friends and suggested that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal investigation into Spygate would implicate Barack Obama himself.

“How high did it go, Mr. President? How high did it go?” Peter Doocy asked.

“I think personally, I think it goes all the way,” Trump replied.

It’s hard to say whether Trump has been briefed on what the report might say, but we don’t even have to take his word for it. Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper already implicated Barack Obama during an interview on CNN last month.

Clapper was asked by CNN anchor Jim Sciutto if he was concerned about the criminal investigation and whether it would find any wrongdoing. Clapper replied,”Well, I don’t know, I don’t think there was any wrongdoing. I know, for my part, my main concern was with the Russians and the threat posed by the Russians to our very political fabric and uhhhh, the message I’m getting from all of this is apparently what we were supposed to have done was to ignore the Russian interference, ignore the Russian meddling and the threat that it poses to us, and oh, by the way, blown off what the then commander-in-chief, President Obama, told us to do, which was to assemble all of the reporting we could, that we had available to us.”

“It’s kind of disconcerting now to be investigated for, you know, having done our duty and done what we were told to do by the president,” Clapper added.

President Trump may not have any direct knowledge about what the report says, but we’ve already heard from one of Barack Obama’s minions that Obama was neck-deep in the scandal. When one of your loyal servants starts using the “we were only following orders” defense, it’s safe to say that Trump’s prediction is accurate.


Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis