It’s no secret that the president is no fan of the administration immediately preceding his own. He first rose to political prominence in part because of his incessant attacks on Barack Obama, and his hatred extends to cover former members of Obama’s administration.
One such official is former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who the president has gone after in the past. On the same occasion that he insisted last year that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials of having meddled in our 2016 presidential election, he called Clapper and other former intel officials “hacks.”
Now, in the face of new allegations from Congressional Republicans intent on distracting from anything that could paint the president in a bad light, Trump has revived his attacks against the former DNI.
On Friday, Republicans on the House Intel Committee released a report summarizing their findings from their yearlong Russia inquiry, and contained in that widely disputed report was an allegation that Clapper himself lied about leaking information about the infamous “Trump dossier” to CNN.
In fact, as the Democratic counter to the Republican report explains, Clapper says that while he discussed the dossier with CNN, he did not leak its contents. His defense is that the outlet already had the infamous collection of allegations against Trump and his associates in their possession when he spoke with them.
That, unsurprisingly, didn’t stop the president. Saturday morning, parroting Fox & Friends, he wrote:
‘“Clapper lied about (fraudulent) Dossier leaks to CNN”
@foxandfriends FoxNews He is a lying machine who now works for Fake News CNN.’
This latest angry statement from the president is the latest installment in a long campaign on his part to undercut the nation’s justice system with the aim of avoiding the Russia investigation.
Ironically, it’s he himself who has been documented to have lied literally thousands of times since taking office.