Liberals were apparently so inconsolable after the tax bill passed that they had to comfort themselves with fanciful Christmas tales of Russian collusion. That’s the only reason we can see that former CIA Director James Clapper would have gone so far off the reservation in a CNN interview. Clapper’s been a lying son of a Hillary for a long time, and we’re certain that he was one of the main Obama guys authorizing illegal wiretaps of Trump Tower during the election. But normally, he’s at least somewhat circumspect when it comes to his television appearances. Biased against Trump, yes, but not THIS far off the page. Most of the blatantly-partisan liberal pundits working for Vox or Salon aren’t even willing to go THIS far.
But go there he did.
“You heard the president’s speech today,” said the CNN anchor. “He calls out Russia and China, describes them as rival powers, rival powers to the U.S., but also says he wants to build a great partnership with them and had all of these friendly stuff to say about his phone calls with Vladimir Putin this week. Is that a contradictory message?”
“Well, it is to me,” said Clapper. “I think this past weekend is illustrative of what a great case officer Vladimir Putin is. He knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with the president.”
“You’re saying that Russia is handling President Trump as an asset?” asked the host.
“That’s the appearance to me,” Clapper replied.
Wow. That’s one of the top former intelligence officials in our country saying that the current President of the United States is a RUSSIAN ASSET! That he literally works for Vladimir Putin! That’s what James Clapper is saying. That’s the kind of absolute nonsense this man is willing to throw his reputation away to stand beside on national television. It’s astonishing, sick, and we wouldn’t mind seeing Clapper dragged back in front of a Senate hearing to explain his comments to America’s lawmakers. Because that is an extraordinary claim that needs to be backed up with extraordinary evidence.
What’s funny, of course, is that if President Trump is a Russian asset, Putin really made a mistake in choosing a horse to back. That was proven on Wednesday, when we learned that the White House just approved commercial sale of arms to Ukraine resistance fighters. This is the LAST thing that Putin wants to see, and it’s even further than Obama went when it came to defending the Ukrainians. This is the work of a president who understands that Russia remains a threat to its neighbors, not a president who is taking his marching orders from the Kremlin.
Maybe Clapper will be back on TV this week to apologize for his hysterical pronouncements.
But probably not.