Report: James Clapper Was Leaking Intelligence Reports to CNN During President-Elect Trump Transition (January 2017)…

This story today from Sara Carter is really interesting because CTH outlined the foundation of this back in January of 2017.  According to an article published today by Sara Carter her congressional sources have told her of an investigation into former ODNI James Clapper and his leaking of “intelligence information” to CNN in an orchestrated effort to damage the incoming Trump administration.

Sara Carter – Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper allegedly leaked information to CNN early last year regarding the classified briefings given to then President-Elect Donald Trump and President Barrack Obama on the salacious dossier claiming the Russians had compromising information on the president-elect, according to government sources, who noted the evidence of the leak was collected during the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation. (keep reading)


Here’s why it’s particularly interesting.  Back in January of 2017, we noted a series of events between James Clapper (ODNI), John Brennan (CIA) and Jake Tapper (CNN) that appeared transparently obvious about creating a specific narrative.  CTH Timeline:

January 10th, 2017 – CNN Frames “Russian Narrative” – The anatomy of a media smear (link).
January 11th, 2017 – President Trump confronts CNN – “You are fake news” (link)
January 12th, 2017 – Confronted by the Trump Transition Team, independent NBC and Fox News Reporting, CNN’s Anderson Cooper attempts to defend CNN Propaganda (link)
January 15th, 2017 – Bob Woodward calls out CNN, Jake Tapper, John Brennan and James Clapper for false statements and indefensible politicization of institutional U.S. intelligence agencies (link)

In essence the week beginning January 10th, 2017 was the origin of the vast ‘Muh Russia’ conspiracy/collusion narrative against the incoming administration.  The CNN report pushed by Jake Tapper was also the distribution of leaked information James Clapper and John Brennan.  This false narrative was specifically the origin of the “collusion” angle.

James Clapper appeared nervous and playing CYA when he released a statement trying to cover-up his leaking of information to CNN.  Remember this?



Yeah, ODNI James Clapper was protesting his innocence a little too much.  The narrative was noted almost immediately:

January 15th, 2017 “[…]Four political operatives at CNN (Jake Tapper, Jim Scuitto, Evan Perez and Carl Bernstein), colluded with two highly politicized top level Obama administration intelligence officials, ODNI John Brennan and CIA Director John Brennan, under the auspices of leaks from “anonymous senior intelligence officials” – on the construct of Russian narrative to undermine the incoming presidency of Donald Trump.

After being called onto the carpet, and doused in sunlight for their endeavors, CNN has been rabid in their attempts to obfuscate the construct of the intentional hit job and defend the indefensible.

CNN has spent the better part of every single broadcast for the past six days trying to justify their role in carrying out the synergistic political objectives of the politicized intelligence community and media propaganda.  They have failed.



Well, well, well…. Now let’s fast-forward to today, March 12th, 2018:

[…]  according to government sources Clapper, who is not mentioned in the report released Monday, had spoken to CNN at roughly the same time Jake Tapper broke the first story regarding the briefings conducted by senior intelligence officials with Trump and Obama on the dossier. Tapper’s story, which published in January 2017, created a snowball effect of allegations in the media that Trump’s campaign had allegedly colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election and that Russia had compromising material on Trump, sources with knowledge of the investigation concluded.

Clapper was one of four senior Obama administration officials to brief Obama and Trump on the dossier in December 2016. FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan and National Security Administration Director Mike Rogers were also present at the December briefings.

Clapper nor Tapper could be immediately reached for comment.

The dossier, which was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, at the behest of embattled research firm Fusion GPS, was already being shopped around by Steele to journalists in Washington as early as the summer of 2016, according to reports. At the time, journalists who had heard of the dossier were reluctant to publish the findings because of its unverified content.

“[Clapper] gave the dossier legs and news agencies began to publish its contents because it had now become official news…”

But it was when CNN published the first report that Trump and Obama had been briefed the dossier’s findings that other news agencies began to report on it. The committee found evidence that Clapper, who is now a contributor at CNN, contacted CNN shortly before the story was published by Tapper, Evan Perez, and Jim Sciutto. The story detailed the briefings given to Trump by the senior officials on the contents of the dossier and “gave the dossier legs and news agencies began to publish its contents because it had now become official news,” one congressional source told this reporter. Shortly after CNN published the report, Buzzfeed made the decision to post the entire 35-page dossier and referenced the CNN report in its decision to publish it, according to the website.  (read more)

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316 Responses to Report: James Clapper Was Leaking Intelligence Reports to CNN During President-Elect Trump Transition (January 2017)…

  1. Charlotte says:

    What Pres Trump should do with lefty journalists:

    Liked by 6 people

  2. Charlotte says:

    Julian Assange

    ‏ @JulianAssange
    10h10 hours ago

    Mirroring what has occurred to NBC and CNN talking heads, spies pour into Democrats ahead of mid term elections and now comprise 25% of candidates.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. The Jimmy Jackz says:

    Is this why they let the statue of limitations expire in his lies to Congress about NSA spying? Is this easier to price and prosecute?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Scout says:

    The top end of this Trump administration better stay scrupulously legal, even if that isn’t the most efficient way to do business, no shortcuts, because if any of the Democrat cronies in the bureaucracy or Hillary campaign go to jail they will be the #1 targets of the next Democrat Administration, even if that’s 7 years away.

    Maybe that’s why we have zero prosecutions so far.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Gina Zmick says:

      There will no longer be a DNC when this administration is done showing their true colors

      Liked by 2 people

      • Scout says:

        Dream on. They own the bureaucracy, the media, academia, the grade school teachers (most horrific of all, that), students, local government, a lot of the supposedly independent judiciary, crony Wall St, the CoC and at least half the electorate. You better do some more maths on that.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          Well, then. it’s high time we take them ALL back.

          And I don’t believe for a minute that all is lost. Roll-over-and-die-doom-and-gloom belongs to the leftards…


          • Scout says:

            You won’t take anything back without destroying the University system that pours out US hating graduates. They become your rulers in the bureaucracy and politics and crony Statists in business.


  5. Keebler ac says:

    Why no justice on the leaking? I thought Rosenstein and Sessions were going to step up the investigations, and hence, prosecutions on leaking or is was it another a PR interview? These Democrat officials are being allowed to run rampant for too long.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Heika says:

      Yeh… I’m getting tired of the old ‘5 d chess’ excuse. Now its just blatant that they are sitting on hands. Time will pass… and they are hoping it will blow over. The lack of prosecution when evidence is laying on the floor like a landed whale – indicates a sad future I feel.


  6. bkeyser says:

    All throughout this piece and the supporting docs and video, it’s clear that the dossier was initially being played as sort of a running joke. The media, which now can’t find a single thing related to Trump not worth some sort of clickbait -going so far as to publish every single thing fed to them by Adam Schiff, without the least bit of scrutiny- Would Not Touch It. It was literally sarin at that time. Clapper says it was not an Intelligence product.

    And yet,

    It was used 3 months prior and quarterly 3 more times To Get A Freakin Warrant To Spy On Trump!

    There is only one way these black hats could expect to get away with this: an unfailingly complicit media.

    This continues to be “shake-my-head” stunning.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Andy says:

      The reason they get away with it is because we don’t do anything about it. When they concoct a rumor about Trump, they immediately begin an investigation. When it is disclosed to be a hoax, they keep on going. Our Asst. AG helps them, signs off on a false warrant application. Nothing happens to him. He eggs on Mueller like nothing happened. Sessions gives him the green light and an attaboy. He continues to focus on MS-13 and sanctuary cities. The real colluders run free. Meanwhiile, Mueller is investigating the President’s daughter, son-in-law, Erik Prince, Manafort, the President — all on issues having nothing to do with his mandate.

      There’s a reason why they call us the stupid party.


    • ladypenquin says:

      Not only does he say it wasn’t an intelligence product (note his making sure he states, “private security company” – but he then goes onto say, “before the IC was even aware of it.” Right there he is lying about knowing of the document, let alone using it in the FISA Court.


  7. Bubby says:

    In his January 11, 2017 letter above Clapper writes that the IC hasn’t made any judgment that the information in the dossier is reliable. Then on October 25, 2017 on CNN Clapper states that “But at the same time, some of the substantive content, not all of it, but some of the substantive content of the dossier, we were able to corroborate in our Intelligence Community assessment which from other sources in which we had very high confidence to it.” So what happened between January and October of 2017 that lead the IC to assess that some of the “substantive content” of the dossier was corroborated with “high confidence” sources? He resigned as head of the DNI when obama’s term ended. Someone in the IC must have told him that. Who was it and when was he told? Anyone know?

    Liked by 1 person

  8. applevista says:

    My question is how do they get away with it”?

    Drive 5 mph over the speed limit gets one in more trouble than these crooked, corrupt people find themselves


    • Scout says:

      You might not like this.
      Even the good guys like Nunes and Jordan are establishment, like SCOTUS is establishment and all ex military generals and all intel agency elites are establishment .
      By that, I mean those people value the stability and credibility of govt Institutions as a continuing necessity over most other things, even if an Institution is “temporarily” corrupt.

      For example, to trash and reconstruct the FBI, for that is what the evidence reveals should happen, is to be absolutely avoided for them. They calculate the credibility disaster and the disorder that would create is far more important than justice for the elites. I happen to disagree.
      You’ll see this in no prosecutions of the higher ups and a rash of voluntary retirements and “we’ll do better.”
      I told you you wouldn’t like it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • COS says:

        Yup. I’m afrad you’re right. The State protects itself in the end.

        Liked by 1 person

      • farrier105 says:

        They still “don’t know” who gained access to Kenneth Trentadue’s cell in the maximum security federal transfer facility in Oklahoma so that the perpetrators could torture Trentadue to death, crushing his skull and cutting his throat, while claiming Trentadue hanged himself in his cell. Maximum security and cameras all over the place and they have no clue who entered an inmate’s cell and murdered him at their leisure.

        It was reported by Timothy McVeigh that Kenneth Trentadue was murdered because he resembled Richard Lee Guthrie, a member of the fake Aryan Republican Army, an “army” of federal and SPLC informants. Guthrie, when he finally was apprehended, wound up hanging himself in his cell. Strange.

        Still no real investigation, since not finding the perpetrators seems impossible given the location of the torture/murder.


  9. Craig from Scotland says:

    Within this highly politicised leaker duo – Crapper is just the not particularly bright front guy, Brennan is the classified info leaker and abhorrent political animal.

    Also the most ineffective Director CIA since September 18, 1947.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Scout says:

      Look, “leaking” prosecutions are the J walking end of this, any of the big boys that have their 20 years in jail charges hanging will be offered the odd leaking charge instead…. to be treated by the Court as a misdemeanor. It’s DC, no-one takes leaking seriously except the boy scouts from out of town.


  10. David Reznor says:

    Bob Woodward is and always has been a Deep State mouthpiece. He wasn’t “calling out” Clapper and Brennan; he was helping to cover their asses, while *appearing* to “call them out” in his inimitable mealy-mouthed way. Look at what he actually says about them:

    WOODWARD: “Those intelligence chiefs, who are the best we’ve had, who are terrific and have done great work, made a mistake here…”

    No, they didn’t “make a mistake.” The used 100-percent textbook CIA psyops to smear Trump, knowing *full well* that once the damage was done only a miraculous and more-than-Herculean effort could ever undo, if that was even possible. And here we are over a year later. The damage was incalculable.

    As Ashton Gray has correctly pointed out in “Watergate: The Hoax”: “The CIA ~always~ plays both sides of a game. Always.”

    All Woodward was doing was playing his “side” of the Punch ‘n’ Judy show, playing “good cop” to “bad cop”—while, of course, praising the “bad cops.”

    His statement that it was a “garbage document” was nothing but a penetrating glimpse into the obvious—and it didn’t matter at all because THE INTENDED DAMAGE WAS DONE.

    With all sincere due respect to Sundance and to Donald Trump, anybody who gets lulled by Woodward is eye-to-eye with a slowly waving coiled viper.


  11. G. Combs says:

    A couple of comments:
    I continually see people who are worried that time is running out and these criminals will get off scott-free.

    So first the clock on the STATUTE of LIMITATIONS STOPS with an indictment.

    […]The phrase “statute of limitations” refers to the time period within which formal criminal charges must be brought after a crime has been committed…. Therefore, in most instances, prosecutions are barred if the defendant can show that there was no indictment or other formal charge filed within the time period dictated by the statute of limitations….

    The statute of limitations runs until an indictment or information is found and returned to the court […]

    Second, since October of last year a YUGE number of SEALED indictments have been laid before the courts.
    ⚖️ In 22 days in November — 4,289 sealed indictments
    ⚖️ In the next month, December the number MORE THAN DOUBLED to over 9000, an increase of over 4,700.
    ⚖️ By January 28, 2018 there were 13,605 sealed indictments. Again an increase of over 4,600 in a month.
    ⚖️ And another treeper reported over 18,500 sealed cases were filed as of March 1.

    My interpretation is that AG Sessions went after the small fry in November and December. ON December 21, President Trump issued the ‘Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption.’ In January Sessions went after the middlemen and NOW he is finally ready to go after the big guys.

    So I think they have most of the evidence and are now ready to go for the last bits using a Grand Jury.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. G. Combs says:

    Hear are leaks by Brennan that show that the Brits were spying on President Trump for Obama’s Admin as early as 2015.

    Jan. 14, 2017 again from Business Insider: Report: CIA set up task-force in 2016 to investigate possible Russian funding of Trump’s campaign by Natasha Bertrand***

    “[…] The task force included the FBI, the Treasury and Justice Departments, the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Security Agency (NSA).

    It was set up after the director of the CIA, John Brennan, received a recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into Trump’s campaign coffers, the BBC’s Paul Wood reported. The recording was apparently passed to the CIA by the intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States.

    On October 15, the task force was reportedly granted a warrant by a judge in the FISA court — named after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — to intercept the electronic records from two Russian banks that may have been implicated in the money transfer, a senior intelligence official told the BBC. Trump was not named in the warrant, but three of his associates were the subject of the inquiry.[…]”

    Apr. 13, 2017
    “[…]Brennan reportedly established a counterintelligence task force, which included the FBI and the National Security Agency. That summer, Robert Hannigan, then the chief of the GCHQ, passed Brennan more material related to conversations Trump associates had with suspected or known Russian agents,[…]”

    May 23, 2017
    “[…]Trump fired Comey earlier this month, just over nine months into the FBI’s probe of Russia’s hacking and disinformation campaigns that targeted Democrats during the election. That probe began in earnest when Robert Hannigan, then the chief of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, passed Brennan material related to conversations Trump associates had with suspected or known Russian agents in late 2015 and early 2016,….
    Brennan was so concerned about the intercepted communications that he established a counterintelligence task force, which included the FBI and the National Security Agency. (Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified earlier this month that those communications had been picked up and handed over to US agencies, but he could not elaborate due to the “sensitive” nature of the intelligence.)[…]”

    ***Natasha Bertrand

    Before joining Business Insider, Natasha worked at a political think tank in Madrid, Spain, researching EU relations with the Middle East and North Africa. Later, she served as the CSR intern at the oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues in London, focusing on human rights and sustainable development.

    She is an alumna of Vassar College and the London School of Economics.


  13. PatriciaM says:

    I’m confused. I thought Obama and Trump were both briefed on the dossier in early January 2017, shortly before it was published by Buzzfeed, and that it was Comey alone who briefed Trump on the dossier after a larger intel briefing. Did Comey also tell Trump that Hillary and the DNC commissioned and paid for the dossier? It would be interesting to know when Trump first learned of Hillary’s involvement with the dossier.


  14. thedoc00 says:

    This is absolutely no surprise. Clapper and Brennan leaking directly to CNN was an outright condition of employment of these two by CNN, after the resigned from the government. It would not be surprising there were signing bonuses attached to the stories generated by these leaks. Also, these two legally walked away from the government with tons of Obama declassified materials for future use, which I believe is the “sources” in most CNN stories since.


  15. ilovevictoriasbows says:

    CNN’s Anderson Cooper attempts to defend CNN Propaganda (link)

    Link (dead) lol More CNN #FakeNews coverup


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  17. Jack Rail says:

    Onliest one dirtier’n Clapper and Comey is Brennan.


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