Clapper on 17 Intel Agencies Claims: ‘How This Narrative Got Out There, I Don’t Know’
Clapper on Claims That All 17 Intel Agencies Agreed on Russian Interference: ‘How This Narrative Got Out There, I Don’t Know’ (The Washington Free Beacon)
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper does not know what caused the now-debunked claim that all 17 intelligence agencies backed an assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to spread.
Clapper discussed the matter on CNN on Thursday evening, prompted by comments earlier in the day from President Donald Trump.
While in Warsaw, Poland for the G-20 summit, Trump was asked about the intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the election and his doubts about Moscow's role. Trump challenged the popular "17 agencies" figure, pointing out that it had been shown to be false.