Donald Trump just keeps misquoting James Clapper on Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spying'

Donald Trump just keeps misquoting James Clapper on Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spying'

Donald Trump just keeps misquoting James Clapper on Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spying'

As he departed the White House early Wednesday afternoon en route to an event in New York, Trump told reporters: "I hope it's not true, but it looks like it is".

Trump this morning ratcheted up his campaign against the FBI and DOJ, in an effort to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election meddling and possible Trump campaign collusion.

Intelligence and law enforcements interests have defended their role, while Trump and his allies say it amounts to spying on a presidential candidate.

In his tweets, Trump also quoted Andrew Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge and frequent Fox News commentator, saying that "it's clear that they had eyes and ears all over the Trump campaign". He has obviously exposed a troubling degree of real and alleged criminal misconduct surrounding Trump, but he has not yet exposed evidence of actual collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

On Tuesday, James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, went on "The View" - weird, right? - to talk about President Donald Trump and the intelligence community. "Trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage or influence which is what they do".

"'Trump should be happy that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was SPYING on his campaign' No, James Clapper, I am not happy". Yet no substantial evidence of campaign collusion - legal or otherwise - has emerged.

He noted that the probe has been going on for almost two years - with Special Counsel Robert Mueller leading it for the past year - and it has yet to provide "one scintilla" of evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also said that during the meeting, the three agreed that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly would "immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with congressional leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested".

"What I want is I want total transparency", he said.

He added: "If you look at the lies, all the fiction, I think he's got a lot of problems". If a meeting takes place, Schumer said, it should include a broader bipartisan group of lawmakers. "That's much harder when you have a client who is the president of the United States and wants to be interviewed".

Former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired previous year, also weighed in on the controversy Wednesday, chastising both the president and GOP lawmakers.

"Facts matter", Comey tweeted, addressing our post-fact POTUS.

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