Ex-Spy Chief Says Putting Trump in Office is a Russian Success “Beyond Their Wildest Expectations”

Trump? Sheesh!

❝ Former intelligence chief James Clapper says President Trump is dead wrong about Russian interference in America’s elections. And they’re going to get away with it again, he warns.

❝ James Clapper, a crusty ex-cargo pilot who rose through the Air Force ranks and retired as director of national intelligence in January, only to emerge publicly as one of President Donald Trump’s foremost critics, wants you to know that no matter how much Trump rants about the “Russia hoax,” the 2016 hacking was not only real and aimed at electing Trump but constituted a major victory for a dangerous foreign adversary. “The Russians,” he said, have “succeeded beyond their wildest expectations…”

❝ Clapper is sticking with his view that the allegations are “worse than Watergate,” given that the Russiagate investigation involves “a foreign adversary actively and aggressively and directly engaging in our political processes to interfere with them and to undermine our system, whereas in Watergate you were dealing with a two-bit petty burglary, domestic only…”

❝ “…the Russians succeeded, I believe, beyond their wildest expectations. Their first objective in the election was to sow discontent, discord and disruption in our political life, and they have succeeded to a fare-thee-well. They have accelerated, amplified the polarization and the divisiveness in this country, and they’ve undermined our democratic system. They wanted to create doubt in the minds of the public about our government and about our system, and they succeeded to a fare-thee-well.”

“They’ve been emboldened,” he added, “and they will continue to do this.”

RTFA for a bit more detail from the interview in POLITICO. Clapper covers the range of doofus American politics from Trump’s brigade of chumps who believe the sun shines out his rank butt – to sincere critics of systemic electoral failures which feed perfectly into the plot.

9 thoughts on “Ex-Spy Chief Says Putting Trump in Office is a Russian Success “Beyond Their Wildest Expectations”

  1. FAKE NEWS™ says:

    “The Plot Against America” (NYT 10/30/17) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/opinion/mueller-manafort-indictment.html “…So here’s where we are. Trump put Manafort, an accused money-launderer and unregistered foreign agent, in charge of his campaign. Under Manafort’s watch, the campaign made at least two attempts to get compromising information about Clinton from Russia. Russia, in turn, provided hacked Democratic emails to WikiLeaks.
    Russia also ran a giant disinformation campaign against Clinton on social media and attempted to hack voting systems in at least 21 states. In response to Russia’s election meddling, Barack Obama’s administration imposed sanctions. Upon taking office, Trump reportedly made secret efforts to lift them. He fired the F.B.I. director James Comey to stop his investigation into “this Russia thing,” as he told Lester Holt. The day after the firing, he met with Russia’s foreign minister and its ambassador to America, and told them: “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
    We’ve had a year of recriminations over the Clinton campaign’s failings, but Trump clawed out his minority victory only with the aid of a foreign intelligence service. On Monday we finally got indictments, but it’s been obvious for a year that this presidency is a crime.”

  2. ЏPDДҬԐ says:

    Former U.S. intelligence officials: Trump being ‘played’ by Putin https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/11/12/former-u-s-intelligence-officials-trump-being-played-by-putin/
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said that claims by former U.S. intelligence officials that President Trump is being played by Russian President Vladimir Putin are “ridiculous.” http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/360015-mnuchin-it-is-ridiculous-to-say-trump-is-being-played-by-putin “Well, in all due respect to your previous guests, I think that those were the most ridiculous statements. President Trump is not getting played by anybody,” Mnuchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    • Кузькину мать says:

      For Trump, his recent exchanges with Putin reflect progress in his longstanding goal to improve ties with Russia. But some national security experts worry the apparent closeness between Trump and Putin could amount to an attempt to manipulate a President intent on making progress on that ambition.
      “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,” said James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama, on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
      “You have to remember Putin’s background. He’s a KGB officer. That’s what they do. They recruit assets,” Clapper added. “And I think some of that experience and instincts of Putin has come into play here in his managing of a pretty important account for him.”
      Clapper made clear he was only speaking figuratively when referring to Trump as a Russian asset.

  3. Kuzma's mother says:

    “McFarland’s Testimony About Russia Contacts Is Questioned” (NYT 12/4/17) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/kt-mcfarland-flynn-russia-emails-congressional-testimony.html On Dec. 29, a transition adviser to Mr. Trump, K. T. McFarland, wrote in an email to a colleague that sanctions announced hours before by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian election meddling were aimed at discrediting Mr. Trump’s victory. The sanctions could also make it much harder for Mr. Trump to ease tensions with Russia, “which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him,” she wrote in the emails obtained by The Times.

  4. Reacharound says:

    “The White House’s odd statement about giving U.S. intelligence to Putin” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/18/the-white-houses-odd-statement-about-giving-u-s-intelligence-to-putin/ “Was this Putin getting out in front of the White House to try to put Trump in a box? Or did the two countries decide this piece of information might help sell a stronger relationship to a skeptical Congress? Either way, the readout is yet another weird chapter in a weird relationship.” See also https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/putin-thanks-trump-for-cia-intel-that-foiled-a-planned-terrorist-attack-in-russia-the-kremlin-says/2017/12/17/f4274600-e349-11e7-9ec2-518810e7d44d_story.html

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