Obama’s former Director National Intelligence James Clapper thinks its a “good thing” that his former boss broke the law and spied on the Trump campaign.
In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Clapper didn’t deny that the Obama Administration had put a spy inside the Trump campaign, but called Trump’s claims that the scandal was “bigger than Watergate” hyperbole.
“[The Obama Administration] may have had someone who was talking to [the Trump campaign] but, you know, the focus here is not on the campaign, per se, but what the Russians were doing to try to instantiate themselves in the campaign or influence or leverage it,” Clapper explained.
Referring to the spies as people “observing” the Trump campaign, Clapper said it was a “good thing, because the Russians posed a threat to the very basis of our political system.”’
According to Axios, the spy on the Trump campaign was longtime CIA operative Stefan Halper, who allegedly reported back information to the Obama Administration about the inner workings of the campaign.
Clapper may have let the cat out of the bag: the Trump Department of Justice is now seeking a formal investigation into whether or not the Obama Administration illegally spied on the opposing party’s campaign.
“The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election,” said Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores, in a statement.
“If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action,” added Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.