The whistleblowers who have made allegations against President Trump and his conversation with a foreign leader have an attorney who reportedly used to work for James Clapper.
One of the attorneys representing the anonymous whistleblowers is Charles McCullough, a man who once reported directly to the former director of national intelligence and vocal Trump critic, according to The Federalist.
McCullough’s professional biography on the website for the Compass Rose Legal Group, where he is now a partner, notes that he once directly reported to Clapper as the inspector general of the intelligence community at the time of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and “oversaw intelligence officers responsible for audits, inspections, investigations.”
McCullough is representing the whistleblowers along with Andrew Bakaj, a former staffer for Chuck Schumer and Clinton.
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted that he was right in “predicting” that the whistleblower would ultimately be a “partisan hack with connections to these Deep State clowns.”
After 3 years of nonsense, I think I’ve gotten pretty good at this… See my tweet from last week predicting just this… that the “whistleblower” (in name only) would be nothing more than a partisan hack with connections to these Deep State clowns.
America gets it as well! https://t.co/VvK5fpr6Dh
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 9, 2019
Trump Jr. also commented on reports of the whistleblower’s Democrat connections.
It’s good that this partisan hit job is coming to light but based on the bullshit of the last 3 years did anyone really not see this coming from moment one??? https://t.co/sPqx3kjiU1
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 9, 2019
McCullough, the former intelligence community’s watchdog during the Obama administration, spoke last year about the “very good relationship” he shared with Clapper while he was ICIG.
“I enjoyed a very good relationship with Jim Clapper, we got along famously,” he said in the Fox 5 podcast, “On the Hill.”
Back in 2017, Trump had tweeted about McCullough and his controversial comments during a Fox News interview that he believed releasing Clinton’s emails would have harmed American national security.
“Had the information (Crooked Hillary’s emails) been released there would have been harm to National Security….”
Fmr Intel Comm Inspector General pic.twitter.com/b0tLW5TVhX
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
Clapper, meanwhile, continues to justify his own actions and trash President Trump. The former National Security Agency director lied to Congress in 2013 about mass surveillance on Americans, and then claimed he “made a big mistake” and just did not understand the question he was being asked.
Fmr NSA chief James Clapper defends perjury: ‘I didn’t lie’ … I just didn’t understand the question https://t.co/KSggIIvH9h
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) March 6, 2019
Clapper has been peddling the anti-Trump narrative on CNN where he has been employed as a national security analyst since he leaving the government in 2017. In maintaining the Russia hoax narrative against Trump, Clapper told CNN this week that he did not see any wrongdoing by intelligence officials under Obama and that he was just following orders.
“Are you concerned that Barr’s or Durham’s investigation will find wrongdoing and seek to punish former intelligence officials?” CNN Newsroom host Jim Sciutto asked Clapper.
“Well, I don’t know. I, I don’t think there was any wrongdoing. I think at the time all of us were trying to navigate a very, very difficult, politically fraught, highly charged situation. I know, for my part, my main concern was the Russians, and the threat posed by the Russians to our very political fabric,” Clapper replied.
“What Obama told us to do….” pic.twitter.com/KEKHTx40j3
— Rep. Steven Smith ?? (@RepStevenSmith) October 8, 2019
“The message I’m getting from all this,” he continued, “is apparently what we were supposed to have done was to ignore the Russian interference, ignore the Russian meddling and the threat that it poses to us, and oh, by the way, blown off what the then commander-in-chief, President Obama, told us to do, which was to assemble all the reporting that we could, that we had available to us — and put it in one report that the president could pass on to the Congress and to the next administration. And while we’re at it, declassify as much as we possibly could to make it public, and that’s what we did.”
As director of the Department of National Intelligence, Clapper worked with Obama on whistleblower protections in Intelligence Community Directive 120 which mandated that intelligence committee employees would not be subject to reprisals for reports that are made within department guidelines.
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