James Clapper on Trump Calling Dossier ‘Fake’: Not an ‘Accurate Characterization’

‘The key thing is doesn’t matter who paid for it’

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BURNETT: "He just now refers to it as the fake dossier. Which is why I want to make the point some has been corroborated. Do you think some or most is true?"
CLAPPER: "I don't know that. First, I do want to comment on the pedigree of the financing, the trail there. When we did our intelligence committee assessment, we were aware that the, there had been research done and that some Republican candidates as a matter of fact had contracted through I think Fusion GPS to obtain what it later became known as a dossier."
BURNETT: "So Clinton paid for part of it."
CLAPPER: "That work was handed off later to the DNC and the Clinton campaign. So I think this is something that bears an audit trail by experts in finances that can track the auditing for this. And to see who was responsible for it. I think with respect to the dossier it, the key thing is doesn't matter who paid for it. It's what the dossier said and the extent to which it was corroborated or not. We had some concerns about it from the standpoint of its sourcing, but the same time, some of the substantive content, not all of it, but some, we were able to corroborate in our intelligence community assessment X which from other sources in which we had high --"
BURNETT: " So when the president refers to it as fake dossier, that is false."
CLAPPER: "I don't think that's an accurate characterization for the entirety of the dossier."

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