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Clapper: FBI Was Protecting Trump Campaign, Not Spying

The former director of national intelligence defended the Obama administration's actions during the 2016 campaign, saying they were aimed at Russia.

By NTK Staff | 05.21.2018 @8:10am

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday that federal law enforcement was investigating the Trump campaign only to protect it from undue Russian infiltration.

“The big thing here is this is not about spying on his campaign, it’s about what the Russians are doing,” Clapper said. “Were they attempting to infiltrate the campaign?”

Cuomo asked Clapper why the FBI did not just go straight to the campaign with their concerns, a question the former DNI dismissed.

“This is one of many techniques [the FBI] can use or bring to bear in the interest of determining whether there was active efforts by the Russians to infiltrate the campaign,” he said. “We ought to think about it as part of the effort of the FBI to keep the nation safe and secure, and protect our voting process.”

Clapper criticized the president’s order to investigate the use of an informant in his campaign, saying Trump was using the Department of Justice as his “private investigatory body.”

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