In his new book, “Facts and Fears, Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence,” former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper accused Republican congressional leaders of indifference toward Russian election meddling in 2016 so long as President Donald Trump emerged the winner.
Clapper blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan for failing to take a tougher position on the foreign interference.Via The Hill:
> Clapper, who was former President Obama’s senior intelligence adviser for more than six years, writes that Ryan and McConnell were approached by the Obama administration in 2016 to sign a joint statement condemning foreign interference, according to an excerpt published by National Public Radio.
> But the Republican leaders rejected the offer, saying they would not endorse a “bipartisan statement that might hurt their nominee for president."
Clapper wrote that he was “disappointed but not surprised” by McConnell and Ryan’s actions, adding that the leaders “had decided by then that they didn't care who their nominee was, how he got elected or what effects having a foreign power influence our election would have on the nation, as long as they won.”
> Clapper notes that he and then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson did eventually release a joint statement about Russian interference — but it was quickly overshadowed by the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape, in which Trump is heard speaking crudely about grabbing women without their consent.
> "I saw that our efforts ended up having all the impact of another raindrop in a storm at sea,” Clapper writes.