House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) leveled a serious allegation at former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Jordan alleged that Jordan leaked classified information about the Trump-Russia investigation to CNN. Clapper later became a CNN contributor. I recently wrote a column about how Clapper ran out a statute of limitations for allegedly lying in testimony to Congress.
Here is the statement on Fox News:
REP. JIM JORDAN (R-OH): We learned two key things from the Republicans on the intelligence committee — their report. The first is they told us something we already know, namely, there was no coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election. The second thing they told us is something that we suspected, now they’ve confirmed, which is that Clapper actually was the guy leaking information.
Specifically leaking information I believe, from that January 6th meeting where they briefed President Trump, then President-elect Trump on the dossier. Someone at CNN got information. We think it was Mr. Clapper who gave it to them. And then a few days later Buzzfeed prints the entire dossier.
So those in my mind were the two key takeaways. No coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia and Mr. Clapper was leaking information. Here is one of the top intelligence people in the government at the time, leaking information to the press…
. . . hey took an opposition research document and dressed it all up, made it look like legit intelligence and took it to the FISA court to get a warrant to spy on a fellow American citizen. And the guy who leaked information about that dossier is James Clapper.
If the allegation is true, Clapper would have run out the clock on one alleged crime only to face a new allegation. If it is not true, Clapper could have a defamation case. The Speech and Debate Clause does not afford members immunity for statements made outside of Congress. This is clearly a statement of fact and not simply opinion.
As previously discussed, former FBI Director James Comey has been alleged to have removed and disclosed classified information from the FBI. Obviously, there is also an analogy to the current controversy surrounding Andrew McCabe.
The allegation could also put a spotlight on when Clapper was first approached about a contract with CNN. The allegation could not be more serious. However, Clapper appeared this morning on CNN was not asked a single question about the allegation from a member of the House Intelligence Committee.