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Thu Jun 21, 2018, 11:54 AM

Clapper: "This is a real test of our resilience as a country"

https://investigaterussia.org/media/2018-06-20/clapper-real-test-our-resilience-country


James Clapper, "I've seen a lot of bad things, but never anything that disturbed me as much as this.

"It's [in] my very being to want to support the President of the United States, particularly in his role as Commander-in-Chief," said Clapper, who served as President Obama's intelligence chief from 2010 to 2017. "This president makes that very difficult because I feel that our institutions and values are under assault both from an external source the Russians and from an internal source our own president."

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Clapper said he and President-elect Trump "got off to a bad start" after he and other senior officials briefed Trump on the findings of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election. "He, five days later, referred to us in a press conference as 'Nazis,'" Clapper recounted, "and I felt I needed to speak up on behalf of the great men and women of the intelligence community."

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Director Clapper also repeated his belief that Russian interference definitely swayed the election in Trump's favor.

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"I will say that in my 50-plus years in intelligence, I've seen a lot of bad things, but never anything that disturbed me as much as this," he said, "because this is a fundamental attack on the fundamental pillars of our political system.

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