Report: Clapper lied to Congress about Steele dossier

The House Intelligence Committee has released a heavily redacted report on its investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.  A summary of the committee's findings was released last month.

The full report has angered Republicans because of what they see as unnecessary redactions by the DoJ and the intelligence agencies. 

Sara Carter:

The 248-page report, of which some pages were completely redacted after review by FBI and DOJ officials, have [sic] raised the ire of committee Republicans and will lead to a review of the report once again in an effort to un-redact elements of the report that the Committee says does [sic] not relate to the classified material.  Numerous Congressional committees have complained openly that the DOJ and FBI continue to "stonewall" their investigations and have slow rolled documents needed for adequate oversight of the highly controversial investigations into Trump and the Bureau's handling of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government business.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA, said in a press release that due to public interest and the importance of the report the Committee chose to make the report public.  Nunes has had to threaten Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray with contempt of Congress before documents have been provided.  It's a battle that he continues to fight but one that has slowed down the progress of the Committee's investigations, say congressional sources, familiar with the investigations.

Nunes stated in the press release that "we object to the excessive and unjustified number of redactions, many of which do not relate to classified information. The Committee will convey our objections to the appropriate agencies and looks forward to publishing a less redacted version in the near future."

Buried in the report is the astonishing revelation that former director of National Intelligence James Clapper leaked information from classified briefings on the Steele dossier to CNN and then lied to Congress about it.

Federalist:

In one of the findings within the 253-page report, the House intelligence committee wrote that Clapper leaked details of a dossier briefing given to then-President-elect Donald Trump to CNN's Jake Tapper, lied to Congress about the leak, and was rewarded with a CNN contract a few months later.

"Clapper flatly denied 'discussing[ing] the dossier [compiled by Steele] or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists,'" the committee found.

When asked directly whether he had ever discussed the dossier with any journalists, Clapper replied that he had not, according to a transcript of the proceedings:

MR. ROONEY: Did you discuss the dossier or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists?

MR. CLAPPER: No.

The former DNI later changed his story after he was confronted specifically about his communications with Jake Tapper of CNN.

"Clapper subsequently acknowledged discussing the 'dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper,' and admitted that he might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic," the report continued.  "Clapper's discussion with Tapper took place in early January 2017, around the time IC leaders briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump, on 'the Christopher Steele information,' a two-page summary of which was 'enclosed in' the highly-classified version of the ICA," or intelligence community assessment.

The briefing of Trump by U.S. intelligence chiefs was held on January 6.  CNN published its story on the briefing, based on anonymous leaks from "two national security officials," on January 10.  BuzzFeed published the full dossier, which was jointly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, minutes after the CNN story was published.

It is amazing that Clapper can brazenly lie to Congress, mishandle classified info, and then later change his story without fear of perjury or other charges.

Even with the redactions, the intelligence community comes off as either deliberately partisan or incompetent.  Clapper, McCabe, and probably Comey have all lied to Congress at one time or another about different subjects.  The DoJ is not even investigating whether lies were told, and Congress has very little independent authority to prosecute. 

Oliver North went to jail for lying to Congress in the 1980s.  My, how times have changed.

The House Intelligence Committee has released a heavily redacted report on its investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.  A summary of the committee's findings was released last month.

The full report has angered Republicans because of what they see as unnecessary redactions by the DoJ and the intelligence agencies. 

Sara Carter:

The 248-page report, of which some pages were completely redacted after review by FBI and DOJ officials, have [sic] raised the ire of committee Republicans and will lead to a review of the report once again in an effort to un-redact elements of the report that the Committee says does [sic] not relate to the classified material.  Numerous Congressional committees have complained openly that the DOJ and FBI continue to "stonewall" their investigations and have slow rolled documents needed for adequate oversight of the highly controversial investigations into Trump and the Bureau's handling of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government business.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA, said in a press release that due to public interest and the importance of the report the Committee chose to make the report public.  Nunes has had to threaten Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray with contempt of Congress before documents have been provided.  It's a battle that he continues to fight but one that has slowed down the progress of the Committee's investigations, say congressional sources, familiar with the investigations.

Nunes stated in the press release that "we object to the excessive and unjustified number of redactions, many of which do not relate to classified information. The Committee will convey our objections to the appropriate agencies and looks forward to publishing a less redacted version in the near future."

Buried in the report is the astonishing revelation that former director of National Intelligence James Clapper leaked information from classified briefings on the Steele dossier to CNN and then lied to Congress about it.

Federalist:

In one of the findings within the 253-page report, the House intelligence committee wrote that Clapper leaked details of a dossier briefing given to then-President-elect Donald Trump to CNN's Jake Tapper, lied to Congress about the leak, and was rewarded with a CNN contract a few months later.

"Clapper flatly denied 'discussing[ing] the dossier [compiled by Steele] or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists,'" the committee found.

When asked directly whether he had ever discussed the dossier with any journalists, Clapper replied that he had not, according to a transcript of the proceedings:

MR. ROONEY: Did you discuss the dossier or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists?

MR. CLAPPER: No.

The former DNI later changed his story after he was confronted specifically about his communications with Jake Tapper of CNN.

"Clapper subsequently acknowledged discussing the 'dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper,' and admitted that he might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic," the report continued.  "Clapper's discussion with Tapper took place in early January 2017, around the time IC leaders briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump, on 'the Christopher Steele information,' a two-page summary of which was 'enclosed in' the highly-classified version of the ICA," or intelligence community assessment.

The briefing of Trump by U.S. intelligence chiefs was held on January 6.  CNN published its story on the briefing, based on anonymous leaks from "two national security officials," on January 10.  BuzzFeed published the full dossier, which was jointly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, minutes after the CNN story was published.

It is amazing that Clapper can brazenly lie to Congress, mishandle classified info, and then later change his story without fear of perjury or other charges.

Even with the redactions, the intelligence community comes off as either deliberately partisan or incompetent.  Clapper, McCabe, and probably Comey have all lied to Congress at one time or another about different subjects.  The DoJ is not even investigating whether lies were told, and Congress has very little independent authority to prosecute. 

Oliver North went to jail for lying to Congress in the 1980s.  My, how times have changed.