President Donald Trump keeps misquoting the former director of national intelligence to push his bogus “spygate” narrative — and a New York Times reporter called him out for lying.
James Clapper said Tuesday on ABC’s “The View” that Trump should be “happy” the FBI was investigating alleged Russian spies infiltrating his campaign, and the former intelligence chief used the president’s “spy” phrasing.
“They were spying on — a term I don’t particularly like — but on what the Russians were doing,” Clapper told “The View.”
Trump has repeatedly pushed Clapper’s quotes to justify his made-up claims about campaign spies, and he did it again Thursday morning in a tweet.
“Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign,” Trump tweeted. “Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. SPYGATE – a terrible thing!”
Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign. Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. SPYGATE – a terrible thing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman swiftly corrected the president, saying, “Clapper didn’t say this or anything approximating it.”
Clapper didn’t say this or anything approximating it. https://t.co/eEWjHk0e5y
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 24, 2018
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) also called out the president for lying about the FBI investigation of his campaign.
False statements about wiretaps at Trump Tower.
False statements about unmasking.
False statesments about a political spy in the Trump campaign.
False statements about the Mueller investigation that has indicted the President’s top staff.
It’s not spy-gate, only lie-gate.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 24, 2018