Why Is James Clapper Helping Putin?

Clapper says Russia wants to undermine America’s confidence in its system so why is he helping Putin by claiming he rigged the election?

According to his own words, James Clapper is helping Putin in his alleged objective. As you can hear him say, Clapper asserts that Russia was trying to erode Americans’ faith in its presidential elections. He has also gone further, saying that Russia actually swung the election to Trump. So according to James Clapper, Americans can’t trust the results of the 2016 American election!

So Clapper is eroding faith in the election process. He is helping Putin according to his own statements!

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Daniel Hoffman has written an editorial at The Hill: “Clapper gives Putin what he wants with 2016 election assessment.

Carved into the wall in CIA’s original headquarters lobby is the biblical quotation: “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” — John 8:32.

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That’s why I was surprised when retired Lt. Gen. James Clapper delivered an unfounded analytical conclusion, which serves the Kremlin’s interests, in his new memoir, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.” Clapper wrote: “Of course the Russian efforts affected the outcome. Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win. To conclude otherwise stretches logic, common sense and credulity to the breaking point.”

According to Clapper’s own January 2017 report, as director of national intelligence, on Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Kremlin’s goals were to “undermine public faith in U.S. democracy” and denigrate Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The report concluded with high confidence that the Kremlin demonstrated a “preference for President Trump” and “aspired to help President-elect Trump’s chances of victory.” The report never claimed Russian influence actually swayed the election results.

During a recent interview on CNN with Jake Tapper, Clapper acknowledged he was not privy to any new evidence since the report’s publication, and called his post-government career assessment of the Kremlin’s influence on the election outcome an “informed opinion,” but that he did not have “the empirical evidence to go with it.”

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Putin wanted the world — but most especially the U.S. electorate — to believe that Russia had influenced our 2016 election because this was the most effective way to soil our democracy.

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Implying that Putin was responsible for President Trump’s victory, especially when there are no corresponding facts, amounts to a self-inflicted wound to our democratic process, already under the Kremlin’s siege.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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