View Full Version : James Clapper Undermines His Agency: Russia Wavered In Allegedly Favoring Trump

06-15-2018, 02:20 PM
In his recently released book, James Clapper, director of National Intelligence under the Obama administration, describes numerous shifts in Russia’s alleged attitude toward Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

At first, Clapper writes that Russia simply opposed Hillary Clinton and didn’t favor one Republican presidential candidate. After Trump seemed initially poised to possibly win, Clapper relates an alleged Russian propaganda effort to aid Trump’s victory in order to defeat Clinton. Toward the final stretch of the presidential campaign, with Trump’s poll numbers falling, Clapper wrote that Russia shifted its position away from aiding Trump and focused mainly on opposing Hillary, even allegedly providing Green Party candidate Jill Stein with more favorable coverage.

The picture painted by Clapper in his book stands in stark contrast to a central conclusion in the January 6, 2017 U.S. Intelligence Community report alleging the Russian government sought to aid Donald Trump’s “election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”