‘Living in their own reality bubbles’: Ex-DNI Clapper rips House GOP for claiming Putin didn’t try to help Trump in 2016
Responding to news that the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee was closing their investigation into Russia’s electoral interference and had determined that there was “no collusion” between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, the former director of National Intelligence blasted the committee’s sense of reality.
“This is not bipartisan by any stretch,” former DNI James Clapper told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Monday evening.
Clapper, who has long touted the intelligence community’s assessments on Russia’s attacks on the 2016 and 2018 elections, later told CNN’s Jim Scuitto that the decision to close the investigation is representative of a skewed worldview.
People are “living in their own reality bubbles,” Clapper said, “when we can’t agree on basic facts.”
He also noted the intelligence community based their assessment on Russia’s intentions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “animus” towards Hillary Clinton and his “belief he could work with Trump.”
More from Clapper: he notes IC assessment re Russian intentions was based on range of information including Putin's animus toward Clinton and Putin's belief he could work with Trump
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