Trump slams former intel chief Clapper: ‘Lying machine’
President Trump hurled fresh insults at former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, calling him a “lying machine,” as he kept tabs on his favorite news show Saturday morning.
“’Clapper lied about (fraudulent) Dossier leaks to CNN’ @foxandfriends FoxNews,” Trump tweeted at 8:58 am. “He is a lying machine who now works for Fake News CNN.”
The charge referred to a revelation in Friday’s House Intelligence Committee report on its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Clapper, the report said, at first “flatly denied” having been the source of any reports that then-President Elect Trump had been briefed on the “Steele dossier,” a collection of unverified opposition research against the Republican.
“Clapper subsequently acknowledged discussing the ‘dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper,’” the report said.
Clapper’s leak sparked CNN’s initial reports on the dossier – and its lewd descriptions of misbehavior with prostitutes – shortly before Trump’s 2017 inauguration.
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