Partisan James Clapper appeared on Meet the Press Sunday to further the Russian spy story. Clapper is the disgraced, deceitful former Director of National Intelligence who politicized the agency on Obama’s behalf.
He was on the show to further the fake news story about Jared Kushner being a Russian stooge or collaborator.
One unknown source fed the rumor to their favorite leakers, the Times and the Post, about Jared Kushner considering opening a back channel to Russia. Kushner isn’t even a target, but the message in the reports is that he did something untoward.
Every president has opened back channels. Obama is the best example. He opened a back channel to Iran and then funneled cash for terrorism to them under the dark of night. He did it without notifying Congress.
Clapper told Todd, “[M]y dashboard warning light was clearly on, and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community, very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians.”
He also told Todd that Kushner’s meeting “certainly arouses your concern about what is going on, given, Russia, at least for my money, is our primary adversary. They are not our friends.”
Clapper also expressed concern about the propriety of Kushner’s meeting.
“[W]e have a time-honored custom that we have one president and one administration at a time,” Clapper said. “And oncoming administrations don’t get a head-start before the end of the current president’s incumbency.”
The fact that Trump was getting things done before he officially became president infuriated Barack Obama who had plans to keep him from succeeding at anything.
But Clapper also acknowledged the reality of the caveat in the original Washington Post report that Russia is known for spreading misinformation even on its intelligence channels — it’s “standard practice,” he said.
It’s STANDARD PRACTICE!
Chuck Todd asked James Clapper if barely-known Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is a KGB agent. [KGB is no more, the new name is FSB which Todd didn’t even bother to find out]
Clapper of course said he was.
News flash! Every Russian official is a government agent in Russia. The same goes for China, Iran, Cuba, all of those statist hellholes.
Even Lindsey Graham knows the story is fake.
“I don’t know who leaked this conversation. You’ve got the ambassador to Russia reporting back to Moscow on an open channel, hey, Jared Kushner is going to move into the embassy. I don’t trust this story as far as I can throw it,” Graham told CNN’s Dana Bash Sunday.
DHS secretary John Kelly was asked about Kushner today. He told Martha Raddatz on abc’s This Week that back channeling is both normal and acceptable.
“It’s both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable. Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us is a good thing.”
To condemn a back channel is very disingenuous. Historian Doug Weed explains.