House sources allege Clapper leaked key dossier development to CNN

House sources allege Clapper leaked key dossier development to CNN
DNI James Clapper (credit:

[Ed. – The development in question was the December 2016 briefing — separate briefs to to Obama and Trump — about the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment on Russian meddling in the election.  Clapper is now said to be the official who told Jake Tapper in January 2017 that a summary of the dossier was included with the intel briefings to Obama and Trump.  Tapper’s report on that, on 10 January 2017, in turn got the whole avalanche going on the “dossier” narrative.  Note: this information comes at the same time as the wrap-up on the House committee probe, and its finding that there’s no evidence of collusion.  The disclosure about Clapper is separate from the House committee’s official release, however.]

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper allegedly leaked information to CNN early last year regarding the classified briefings given to then President-Elect Donald Trump and President Barrack Obama on the salacious dossier claiming the Russians had compromising information on the president-elect, according to government sources, who noted the evidence of the leak was collected during the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation. …

Texas Republican Mike Conaway, R-Texas, announced Monday in a press release, that the committee found no evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. …

[A]ccording to government sources Clapper, who is not mentioned in the report released Monday, had spoken to CNN at roughly the same time Jake Tapper broke the first story regarding the briefings conducted by senior intelligence officials with Trump and Obama on the dossier. Tapper’s story, which published in January 2017, created a snowball effect of allegations in the media that Trump’s campaign had allegedly colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election and that Russia had compromising material on Trump, sources with knowledge of the investigation concluded.

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