Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper just admitted that President Obama is ‘responsible’ for the Robert Mueller special investigation. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Clapper said that Obama should be credited for initiating a “whole sequence of events” that led to the special investigation.
Clapper said, “One point I’d like to make, Anderson, that I don’t think has come up very much before, and I’m alluding now to the President’s criticism of President Obama for all that he did or didn’t do before he left office with respect to the Russian meddling.”
“If it weren’t for President Obama,” Clapper continued, “we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set off a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably, special counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that, and it was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assess in the first place. And they got the important point when it comes to critiquing President Obama.”
“But Clapper wanted to ensure that Americans gave credit to Obama for the events leading to the creation of Mueller’s probe into allegations of collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia.
“’And it is not a witch hunt. It is a serious, serious investigation, the catalyst for which was the intelligence community assessment that we did in the last administration,’ Clapper emphasized.
“Trump has long railed against the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt,” pointing to “13 angry Democrat” donors who are in key positions on the special counsel’s staff, along with the anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages exchanged between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.”
Clapper is trying to argue that President Obama took action against Russia while president, even though he clearly did not. But many will view this admission as confirmation that President Obama wanted President Trump to look bad and helped usher the Mueller investigation in order to meet that end.