Former intel director Clapper on Flynn: 'This is not a coffee boy, this is not a hoax, this is real'
Former National Director of Intelligence James Clapper on CNN (Screen capture)

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper said on Friday that former national security adviser Mike Flynn's guilty plea to lying to the FBI is terrible news for President Donald Trump and his administration.

Calling it a "tragedy" that an officer with so many years of service behind him would commit crimes against his country, Clapper said, "I think the overarching implication for me -- the first thing that came to mind -- is that at least right now the rule of law does prevail in this country."

"Obviously, huge implications for the White House, this is not a good day," Clapper continued. "This is not a coffee boy. This is not a hoax. This is not fake. This is real."

He was referring to previous attempts by the Trump administration to brush off admissions by staffers like Carter Page and George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos was the first member of Trump's campaign and transition to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

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