Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was forced to admit that Obama illegally wiretapped Donald Trump, during a CNN interview Wednesday.
Speaking with CNN host Don Lemon, Clapper admitted that it was conceivable that then-candidate Donald Trump was picked up in a wiretap of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
DON LEMON, CNN HOST: Is it possible the president was picked up in a conversation with Paul Manafort?
JAMES CLAPPER, FORMER DNI: It’s certainly conceivable.
LEMON: Is it likely?
CLAPPER: I can’t say. I wouldn’t want to go there, but I will say it’s possible.
Realclearpolitics.com reports: The next day, Clapper told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd he can’t speak officially, as he had retired, but that his department did not oversee a wiretap on candidate Trump. He added he could not speak on behalf of the other 3 intelligence agencies authorized to do so.
“The president’s allies say the fact that Manafort was wiretapped proves that the president was right to accuse the former president of wiretapping him and you were wrong. What’s your response?” Lemon asked Clapper.
“Well, again, I stand on that statement that you just replayed and I cannot comment on the media reporting, which is all we have, about a FISA warrant allegedly lodged against Mr. Manafort. I can’t comment on that. I will simply reiterate what I said in March, and I stand on that,” Clapper responded.
Clapper told Lemon he did not know about a FISA warrant against Manafort and once again that he stands by what he said on Meet the Press.
“I stand on what I said on the 5th of March on Meet the Press,” the former intelligence director said.
“Again, I have to say that what we have is media reporting only. And actually, commenting on — FISA’s are classified and so, you know, even if I knew something about it I couldn’t [talk about it] and I don’t. And again, I will just conclude by saying I stand on what I said on the 5th of March,” Clapper told Lemon.
On March 4th the president-elect tweeted, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”