On Thursday night, CNN’s Don Lemon interviewed former president Barack Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who insisted that if the FBI indeed spied on the Trump campaign in 2016, it was a “good thing” for America.

Lemon stated, “Here’s what the president tweeted this morning. He said, ‘Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI spied on the Trump campaign with an embedded informant. Andrew McCarthy says, ‘There’s probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign.’ If so, this is bigger than Watergate!’”

Lemon continued, “That is an extraordinary claim, and based on your experience, what is the likelihood that it’s true?”

Clapper answered, “Well, I think this is hyperbole. They may have someone who was talking to them in the campaign, but the focus here, as it was with the intelligence community, is not on the campaign, per se, but what the Russians were doing to try to instantiate themselves in the campaign or to influence it or leverage it.”

Then Clapper made his outrageous statement: “So, if there was someone that was observing that sort of thing, that’s a good thing because the Russians pose a threat to the very basis of our political system.”

He continued, “And I think it’s hugely dangerous if someone like that is exposed, because the danger to that person, not to mention the reluctance of others to be informants for the FBI and the FBI gains a lot of valuable information from informants. So to me, this is incredible.”

As The Daily Wire has reported, Clapper reportedly manipulated the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 election in a partisan way to damage Donald Trump.

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