Clapper under fire for calling Trump a Russian asset: ‘He just accused the president of treason, essentially’

In another example of anti-Trump hysteria, CNN contributor James Clapper — the former National Intelligence director under Obama — suggested President Trump is a Russian agent who’s being “handled” by Vladimir Putin.

Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton responded by trashing Clapper’s over-the-top paranoia. “He just accused the president of treason essentially,” Bolton told Judge Jeanine Pirro. “He’s saying that he is an unwitting Russian agent. If he’s got evidence for that I would like to hear it!”

Bolton said this unsubstantiated narrative being pushed by liberal media has gotten out of control and is hurting the United States. And it’s time for the Russia conspiracy theorists to put up or shut up.

“This paranoia really is causing enormous negative consequences for our democratic institutions,” Bolton said. “Unless there is evidence of ‘collusion’ — of which we have seen none so far —  we really need to narrow the dimension of Mueller’s probe. [The special counsel] is out of control, they are not supervised. It’s dangerous.”

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Bolton was responding to this inane exchange between CNN contributor James Clapper and host Jim Sciutto:

CLAPPER:  “I think this past weekend is illustrative of what a great case officer Vladimir Putin is. He knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with the President.”

SCIUTTO:  “You’re saying that Russia is handling President Trump as an asset?”
CLAPPER:  “That’s the appearance to me. He’s a [former] KGB officer. That’s what they do. They recruit assets.”

In 2013, Clapper was accused of lying to Congress (a federal offense that carries a hefty jail sentence) about the scope of the Obama administration’s surveillance of Americans.

Former President Barack Obama has taken more photos with Russian president Vladimir Putin than President Trump has. Is Obama a secret Kremlin agent? (screenshot)

While Trump-hating bureaucrats like James Clapper recklessly defame the president to make headlines, others regret having attacked him so viciously. Former acting CIA director Michael Morell said U.S. intelligence agencies should not have treated President Trump so unfairly.

Morell, who endorsed Hillary Clinton and repeatedly criticized Trump, said the CIA, NSA, FBI and other intel agencies should have remained neutral instead of undermining him.

“I don’t think I fully thought through the implications,” Morell said. “There were downsides to it that I didn’t think about at the time.”

Morell said having top intelligence officials openly attack a sitting United States president undermines his authority as the leader of the free world and makes the intel agencies look like partisan hacks.

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Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang is a politics/lifestyle writer and a financial editor. She is a law school graduate and an alum of the University of Pennsylvania. You can find her on Twitter at @Samantha_Chang.
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