In response to Clapper’s statement, President Trump tweeted: “Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign…”
(Zero Hedge) Backpedaling intensifies…
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper – who much like former FBI Director James Comey is peddling a book right now, accused President Trump of twisting his words after a bizarre interview on The View on Tuesday.
Collage of Clapper on TV today
When Clapper was asked if the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign, he replied “They were spying on – a term I don’t particularly like, but on what the Russians were doing.” (By sending a spy to perform espionage on several members of the Trump campaign).
In response to Clapper’s statement, President Trump tweeted: “Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign. Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. SPYGATE – a terrible thing!”
When asked by Axios about Trump’s Tweet, Clapper said that the President “deliberately spun it,” likening it to “George Orwell – up is down, black is white, peace is war.”
But the punchline was Clapper’s “explanation” of what really happened: “I took aversion to the word spy, it was the most benign version of information gathering…”
We’re not sure if Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, was trying to be humorous or if he just doesn’t understand what the word “spy” means – as it encompasses all forms of covert information collection, including the use of human intelligence, upstream data collection and all forms of espionage in between…