Barack Obama’s Director of National Intelligence was on foreign soil this week attacking a sitting president, saying the current Russia/Trump investigation will eventually dwarf the Watergate scandal.
James Clapper spoke with the National Press Club in Canberra Australia, saying that Watergate was a “scary time” for the country, and he certainly sees parallels to what is happening today.
Russia’s attempted interference in the November election as an “assault” on the country and President Donald Trump’s seeming pro-Russia positions were “inexplicable.”
“Social media trolls planted false information, orchestrated fake news — which many other news outlets picked up and amplified either wittingly or unwittingly — and a very sophisticated campaign by the regime-funded propaganda arm … against Hillary Clinton and for Donald Trump” he said, ABC.Net.Au reports.
“Their first objective was to sow doubt, discontent and discord about our political system. They achieved, I’m sure, beyond their wildest expectations. Given their success, they have only been emboldened to be even more aggressive in the future.”
Clapper said he was shocked that the President was not more openly hostile to the Kremlin.
“I’ve had a real hard time reconciling the threat the Russians pose to the United States and, by extension, Western democracies in general, with inexplicably so solicitous stance the Trump administration, or others in it, has taken with respect to Russia,” he said.
Clapper’s comments come just days ahead of the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey.
Clapper said he was “very interested” in hearing Comey’s testimony, who he said was “inexcusably” fired by Trump.
“As I have often said, it is absolutely crucial for the United States, and for that matter for the world, for this presidency, for the Republicans, for the Democrats and for our nation at large, that we get to the bottom of this,” he said.
“Is there a smoking gun with all the smoke? I don’t know the answer to that. I think it’s vital, though, we find that out.”