The former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has admitted to lawmakers that he discussed the “Steele dossier” about President Trump and Russia with a CNN journalist in early 2017, according to a report from Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.
The journalist Clapper spoke with was CNN host Jake Tapper, whose name appeared on a bombshell report in January 2017 that first revealed that former FBI Director James Comey had briefed Trump on the dossier’s salacious allegations.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Friday released the results of their year-long investigation into Russian election meddling. The GOP-authored document — denounced by Democrats as a partisan whitewash — found no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia.
House Republicans interviewed Clapper for the report. They say that Clapper at first “flatly denied” leaking the contents of the dossier, but later admitted to discussing the dossier with Tapper and other journalists in early January of 2017, shortly before Trump’s inauguration.
Clapper has been a vocal Trump critic, questioning his fitness for office and warning that law enforcement officials and the intelligence community are “under assault” by the president.