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Reporters hassle Spicer over Clapper’s shifting collusion story; ‘the burden seems to be on him, not us’

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer questioned why former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has now “shifted his story” on alleged collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.

Noting that Clapper was in office until the day President Donald Trump was sworn in, Spicer suggested he would have known if collusion had occurred — the former Obama administration official denied in an interview Friday any knowledge of the charge, which is part of an ongoing FBI investigation.

“So I don’t know if there was collusion or not,” Clapper said. “I don’t know if there was evidence of collusion or not, nor should I have in this particular context.”

Clapper’s denial of any knowledge is not consistent with a tweet Trump posted earlier in the day.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/863014620516233216

NBC News’ Kristen Welker asked Spicer about Clapper’s contradiction at Friday’s press briefing .

“I think that’s a great question you should ask Director Clapper,” he said in response to the inquiry, adding that “on several occasions Director Clapper has said that he has no knowledge of any collusion.”

Welker persisted after Spicer insisted that Clapper had previously said there was no collusion, even testifying before Congress to that fact, prompting Trump’s spokesman to say “the burden seems to be on him, not us.”

Watch the full exchange below:

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