On CNN, former NCI Director James Clapper defended the Obama administration’s spying on their political opposition during the election.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: The 2017 assessment that the President says he now agrees with, that was done while you and then NCI Director John Brennan were still in office. So, how can we reconcile the President attacking you, but apparently after a very long time finally, allegedly saying — or saying he allegedly agrees with the product of the intelligence community that you, yourself oversaw?
JAMES CLAPPER: Yes, well, this is — yes, as we’ve come to know the President, he is not a stalwart for
President Obama is responsible for that, and it was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. I think it’s an important point when it comes to critiquing President Obama.
Brennan in 2016 reached out to foreign intel services (British & Australian) to surveil/entrap Trump aides and may well have also reverse-targeted Americans, under the guise of monitoring foreign nationals, in order to build a case of so-called collusion.”
Steele is a foreign national. So are many of the Russian sources he claims he had contacted to solicit dirt on Trump and his camp. The CIA, along with FBI, was used to facilitate surveillance of Trump’s camp through the use of foreign nationals during the 2016 campaign.
“If there is a crime of foreign collusion—a conspiracy of U.S. officials to use foreigners to interfere with an American election—then Brennan’s efforts are the textbook example.”