Whoopsie: James Clapper States “Clinton-Steele Dossier” Was Used for FISA Surveillance “Extension”…

Gotta love the professionally obtuse former DNI James Clapper.

As much as he is a stuttering doofus, and therein showcases his political value for the former administration; and to the extent that Clapper has previously stated there was no attempt by the DOJ/FBI to gain a FISA authorized approval for surveillance on any Trump campaign officials: “none that I’m aware of“; …it is always valuable to listen to Clapper because he has a tendency to, well, to let slip stuff that makes the black hats cringe.

Cue the audio visual “slippage.”  Inside tonight’s interview by Jake Tapper, former DNI James Clapper now unwittingly refutes his previous assertion of “no Trump FISA warrant“, and simultaneously lets it slip out that the Clinton/Steele dossier was not used in gaining origination authority for FISA-702 surveillance, but rather for an “extension” of a previous application for FISA-702 surveillance.  WATCH:

06:48 ..”as I understand it, this was simply an extension of uh, the original, uh, FISA request.  Meaning that, or implying, that apparently, there was information that was considered, uh, ‘valuable’, that was being obtained, via the initial FISA request.”

“FISA’s have, uh, finite dates. Uh, in other words they have deadlines; they aren’t indefinite… So when the time was up for the initial FISA report, FISA request, then it was time to get an extension. So on its face, I don’t know that the dossier played, very much, in this at all”…

Well, that’s interesting.  I wonder who gave Clapper the “as I understand it” part? Now let’s go back to March 5th 2017 and review what DNI James Clapper said about the Department of Justice getting FISA-702 surveillance authority on Trump campaign officials.

Notice in this March 5th, 2017 interview, the question is specifically about “The FBI” (not other Title III orgs) gaining a FISA Court Order on Trump Tower or Trump Campaign officials. WATCH:


Clapper didn’t know of any FISA-702 surveillance authority in March 2017, but today, January 31st, 2018, “as he understands it”, the Clinton/Steele dossier was used during an FBI  FISA702 re-authorization he never knew was happening.

I wonder why Jake Tapper never asked him when he came to this new understanding?  Nevermind, rhetorical.

Funny how that happens…

Gotta love obsequious James Clapper

Of course all of this begs the question: Then when did FISA-702 surveillance begin?

If the dossier was used for an extension in September-October 2016, and extensions are in 90-day increments, then FISA surveillance was happening in June-July 2016.  Implying there never was a denial of any originating FISA request.

Keeping in mind James Comey testified March 20th, 2017, that the FBI counterintelligence operation began in July 2016, this would align with an October 2016 re-authorization date.

ie. Candidate Donald J Trump was under surveillance from the minute he won the GOP primary.

Funny how that sunlight shines through.


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479 Responses to Whoopsie: James Clapper States “Clinton-Steele Dossier” Was Used for FISA Surveillance “Extension”…

  1. LadyChurchill says:

    Strange that the cabal at the FBI is now concerned with the accuracy of a memo they weren’t at all concerned with the accuracy of the phony dossier back then. Oh those chickens sure are coming home and they are a roosting or should I say a roasting big time.
    Stay tuned for the next Big Shoe to drop which will be the IG’s report which the democrats are going to have a real hard time denying and which all these investigations are based on. The democrats thought they could continue to lie and bring down a sitting President. Thank God for the IG and the unearthing of the truth behind all these lies.

    Liked by 23 people

      • konradwp1 says:

        “This is the calm before the storm.” – President Trump.

        “What storm, Mr president?” – LSM

        “You’ll find out” – President Trump

        Liked by 11 people

        • cali says:

          @konradwp1: I look at it like this:
          “This is the calm before the storm” – Donald Trump
          “What storm Mr. president?” – LSM
          “I am the storm”! – president Trump

          Clapper and Brennan also operated under the premise of “Hillary will not lose”. These immoral and corrupt schmucks never even considered that Dt would win ergo their hubris. Now they are cornered, their statements are now lies they told and they are cornered. What now? They are trying to obfuscate and parse their prior words and statements.
          This FISA memo also includes these two since they operated directly under the agenda of Hussein involving the British intelligence services that included bad apples and corrupted to the core like these two (C)lowns (I)n (A)merica. Together they conspired against candidate and then president Trump on behalf of Hussein.
          They together had an additional agenda independent to that of Hillary and DNC.
          Clapper sees the writing on the wall as he knows that they are facing a military tribunals who are not as forgiving or understanding of the treason they committed as judges in civilian courts may have.
          Clapper is pathetic and having served in the military makes his high crimes of treason even more serious. What an embarrassment to the rest of our Armed Forces.

          Liked by 1 person

      • MaineCoon says:

        I have always like this word of truth. Day of conspirators reaping the whirlwind is coming.


    • fred5678 says:

      I LOVE the use of juxtaposition to demonstrate perfidy.

      ” the FBI is now concerned with the accuracy of a memo (while) they weren’t at all concerned with the accuracy of the phony dossier back then.”

      Liked by 9 people

    • Bobthebuilder says:

      What you say rings true.
      I suspect the drama management around the release of the Memo is intended specifically to flush out the cover-up falsehoods told publicly by the conspirators, during 2017.
      Clapper fell into that exact trap on CNN, last night.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Yup. The use of dossier in FISA extension indicates that little was uncovered in the initial dragnet from July – Oct. Therefore the FBI had to rely on the dossier because there was “no big there there.”


    • Patsy says:

      Best part about the IG is that the DEMS REQUESTED the investigation into Trump/Russia. Obama ordered it. HAHAHAHA

      Liked by 2 people

  2. michaelonoo says:

    Its an Arturo Fuentes moment, smells like victory, maybe a double Chateau.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Dewey Overholt says:

    Didn’t Evelyn Farkas make the same critical error while in the echo chamber of MSNBC?

    Liked by 5 people

  4. Frank Lind says:

    I think the FISA application was on Carter Page, not Trump.

    Liked by 2 people

    • stobberdobber says:

      “Frank Lind says:
      February 1, 2018 at 3:10 am
      I think the FISA application was on Carter Page, not Trump.”

      Then that was a second one because the only one I could find was originally in a 2015 sting op one a russian trying to turn or use him for Russian intel. If they did it during the campaign on Page it could only be because of the previous investigation and probably the dossier too. It was out there already at that time.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. fred5678 says:

    More Clapper!!! More Clapper! We want more slip ups by Clapper!!

    Is that something like “More Cowbell” ??

    (You know where to look up that video)

    Liked by 6 people

    • brh82 says:

      You would think Clapper, in a public forum, would have enough respect for the audience that he would put his bottom teeth in his mouth ALL of the time instead of only once in all the photos we have seen of him.


  6. the ruester says:

    Tea leaves tea leaves tea leaves tea leaves it was her ridiculous “ping chart” that they started with. Look up the chart at salon; the pings to trump tower and alpha bank ramped up incrementally as it became clearer and clearer that trump would get the nod. Then they blow up in october. Someone was making adjustments to the malware to make it look like trump was “stepping up” his russian connections. Worse than watergate.

    Liked by 4 people

  7. Kan says:

    I have come to believe there was monitoring going on in July for a different reason. How did the NYT sources know about the Trump Tower meeting June 9th 2016 and leak to NYT on July 9th 2017?

    Everyone has always assumed it is because of a Trump insider who was feeding the FBI. But this story came out prior to Manafort’s indictment, so I do not believe he spilled the beans. Papdopoulos was not in that game. So far there has been zero evidence of another FBI informant in the Trump inner circle.

    I am left with it being the result of government monitoring that was going on prior to the July FISA Application. Love to be proven wrong about this.

    Liked by 4 people

    • farrier105 says:

      The Moose and Squirrel dossier made the claim that Trump had established an intelligence exchange with Putin that went on for about NINE YEARS, which would date back to when Trump was a Democrat hosting fund raisers for his friend, “Cryin'” Chuck Schumer. Then we are told Donald, Jr. had to meet with Natalya Veselnitskaya to find out dirt Putin had on Hillary. They never keep track of their lies.

      They all liked Trump back in his Democrat days. Makes Nancy cry.


  8. cheekymeeky says:



  9. Sharpshorts says:

    Clapper is setting up the “new narrative” because the old one has been exposed…
    Expect this one to be followed by the “next new narrative” and so on.

    Liked by 3 people

    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      Yes, his narrative keeps changing. Goes from absolutely no FISC approval–“I would have known… I can say it didn’t happen”–to oh yeah, it is my understandinf that they just used the Dossier that we couldn’t substantiate but parts of which were supported by other intelligence WE had to extend the [formerly nonexistent] authotization we already had.

      I think the “other intelligence” to which he refers is a “dossier” developed by a thoroughly disreputable and discredited Clinton operative whose work can be traced all the way back to the attempt to discredit or intimidate women involved with Bill. See how that works?

      Liked by 1 person

      • V says:

        The Cody Shearer farce. Two lies do not a truth make.

        Christopher Steele Gave FBI A Second Dossier From Notorious Clinton ‘Hatchet Man’
        January 30th, 2018

        Re: Cody Shearer and Sidney Blumenthal & Hillary Campaign involvement

        Some excerpts of the make one’s blood boil type:

        “The Guardian further reports that the FBI is still looking into the Shearer memo.”

        “Shearer, whose brother-in-law is Brookings Institution president Strobe Talbott, also worked alongside Sidney Blumenthal….”
        “Blumenthal and Shearer worked together on a business project aimed at capitalizing on the Libyan civil war following the removal of Muammar Gaddafi. Blumenthal’s hacked emails show that he and Shearer were in contact regarding a project to build medical facilities in Libya. Blumenthal frequently emailed then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushing her to support the removal of Gaddafi as well as his project.”

        “Shearer’s handiwork may have been referenced in a recent book published by Guardian reporter Luke Harding. In one passage, Harding wrote that he had been contacted by someone in the Clinton campaign who claimed to have information mirroring the allegations laid out in both the Steele dossier and the Shearer memo.

        “In October [2016] an email written by a person in the Clinton camp reached my inbox. It set out some of the unproven allegations against Trump, including sex with prostitutes in Moscow. The email said the claims came from a source inside the FSB. This was not Steele’s work, but some of it echoes the dossier,” Harding wrote.”


  10. oldsarg says:

    Remember: Clapper previously apologized for spying on the Senate Intelligence members. . . Crook then, crook now. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/07/31/obama-should-fire-john-brennan/?utm_term=.10e88c8f13fe

    Liked by 4 people

  11. ozarkhitman says:

    Clapper you are a crimilal liar. I hope you go to jail for the lies you told to America.

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Leslie Ingersoll says:

    “Seems to be eroding” how about IS eroding……right in front of our eyes…..3…..2…..1…….release the MEMO🇺🇸

    Liked by 1 person

  13. ok4ayl says:

    Jake Tapper’s coffee cup says more about him as a person than he does himself….Who has a “UNHAPPY” face on their coffee cup? Anyone ever seen that? He despises himself and the POTUS……MAGA!


  14. Trent Telenko says:

    Stating the “Obvious Conclusion” here:

    This FISA surveillance was not limited to Trump. It covered every 2016 candidate, save Hillary.

    And that last is what will hang the FBI as an institution.

    There is a new Counter-Intelligence agency in the American near future, with zero supervisors or managers from the FBI.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. vml9000 says:

    I couldn’t even get to the end of the vid. I was revolted by the conversational LIES passing between two traitors. These people infuriate and nauseate me.


  16. Rino Hunters United! says:

    Clapper says the FISA Court is not a Rubber Stamp…

    EXCEPT as ‘Mother Jones’ reports (eesssc) .. “FISA Court Has Rejected .03 Percent Of All Government Surveillance Requests”

    That means they approve 99.97% OF ALL REQUESTS….

    Rubber stamp?


  17. CanadianAussie says:

    “Professionally Obtuse”!!!!
    LOVE that.

    Going cold turkey on liberal comedians was oh so hard but oh so necessary. It’s SO nice to find great analysis & humour here

    If you run it through SeinfeldVision, Clapper doesn’t even qualify as a George Costanza. At least George knew when someone was trying to stick it to him. Marlene the cashier? Even she had the sense to reject Jerry’s inane observations. Puddy? HE knew Kramers shower garburator was a Clarkman. No, there is no Seinfeld equivalent for Clapper. He’s just plain not evil enough for the swamp. It’s clear they only woke him up for the important meetings.

    And thank you for the time stamp for the first video. Sundance UNDERSTANDS the impossibility of listening to self hating Project Mockingbird operative Jake Tappers dog whistle for 9 min straight.
    Happy Day of Freedom everybody!


  18. covfefe999 says:

    At nearly the beginning of the interview (0:23) Clapper mistakenly implies that the FBI is a branch of government, or that the FBI is not part of the executive branch! Maybe most of the public doesn’t understand this but Clapper ought to! He’s either stupid or a slimeball, I vote for both. Then Tapper very very gently and politely coaxes him into reality. Would Tapper be so gentle if Trump or anyone on Trump’s team made such an absurd mistake? Then Clapper acknowledges the error and adjusts his ear piece, probably because someone is screaming at him to cover up his mistake. I couldn’t watch any more after that. I hope Clapper is a subject of the memo. I hope Obama is too. #WaitingImpatientlyForTheMemo

    Liked by 3 people

  19. I watched this last night and what absolutely appalled me was that the idiot Clapper actually said that the Judicial/FBI Dept was part of the Judiciary and Trump didn’t understand the separation of powers; then he semi-corrected himself by saying that the Dept was independent…it is very scary that this man was in a position of power/authority…


  20. covfefe999 says:

    I didn’t think that anything could beat 2016, the magnificent election year culminating in Trump’s brilliant win, but 2017 was even better. And now 2018 is poised to be better still. I’m not even concerned at the moment with people going to prison, I just want the truth to come out, about what the Democrats did to try to manipulate an election and oust a legitimately-elected President. When the Mueller witch hunt is ended Trump will be free to operate as he should have been since Jan 21 2017. I think this is going to be a brilliant year. .

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Bulldog84 says:

    Goodness gracious, Clapper starts off by falsely stating that the intelligence agencies are a separate branch of government from the executive branch, and you can see Tapper gently correcting him. Unbelievable. Clapper is reduced to looking at Tapper with a “help me” expression on his face. He is so flustered that it’s no wonder he eventually forgets himself and contradicts his earlier interviews. That’s the problem with a lie; it’s far too easy to forget what you said before.


  22. TomRWorcMaUSA says:

    where in the video is this statement?


  23. Chewbarkah says:

    Implications from Clapper’s terms:
    1) If the Clinton-Fusion-Dossier was used to get an extension of an existing (presumably approved) FISA surveillance application, what of the summer 2016 FISA application said to have been rejected?
    2) After that failure, did Bureaucrats decide they’d have a better chance piggybacking their operation onto an existing approved FISA case?
    3) If the C-S-D was used as evidence to justify extension of an existing FISA case, did the applicants imply that the C-S-D contained evidence gathered through the existing FISA surveillance? Why else would an unverified walk-in report from the Clinton campaign be included?
    Scum like Schumer will spin this as “We now know that the C-S-D had nothing to do with getting FISA approval to surveille Trump & Co. An extension is totally different. You guys are completely discredited.”


  24. Von says:

    FBI >Domestic Enemies, time to raid their head quarters ,

    Too Many Violations to our Constitution, American Citizens Rights, and the laws in our country.. Raid and Arrest


  25. SPMI says:

    Jake Tapper the mouth Flapper interviews James Clapper the DNI NAPPER and tells him how Dapper
    his wrinkled old suit is.
    “Quite a suit Clapper” says Tapper.
    “You’re talking suits Tapper you Flapper
    When were all headed for the CRAPPER”
    said Clapper.

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Virgo says:

    You have to wonder why “former” officials are speaking to the press at all, given the legal risks to themselves and others currently under investigation. Which other “former” principals are telling Clapper it’s a good idea to make these appearances? Everyone knows he’s a terrible liar, based on his overtly deceptive performance in front of Congress, that they did nothing about, so his current sponsors must be desperate to have him out there, possibly making things worse. He doesn’t strike me as a narcissist who naturally wants to be on TV everyday.


  27. MissionCreep says:

    Wait! Isn’t that classified information Clapper is handing out like candy on Halloween? Is that some special privilege that only the president and ex DNI chiefs have?


  28. Sassy says:

    The insurance policy initiation date.


  29. Joe says:

    Wray might step down if the memo is released? We should be so lucky.


  30. Joe says:

    Clapper says the FISA court is not a rubberstamp- meanwhile they’ve only rejected .02% of applications. That is pretty much the definition of a rubberstamp court.


  31. farrier105 says:

    Clapper puts the “Ass” in “Jackass.”


  32. KCBeach says:

    He should always be addressed properly, former DNI and Perjurer James Clapper.


  33. Mickturn says:

    This Clapper Ba$tard knew this from the start…withholding evidence are we?


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