2018-05-13 20:01:42 UTC
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is
shrugging off news that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the
Democratic National Committee funded the research behind the
dossier on Donald Trump.
Clapper said the only thing that matters is whether the
information is corroborated.
With respect to the dossier itself, the key thing is it doesnt
matter who paid for it, Clapper told Erin Burnett on OutFront
Wednesday night. Its what the dossier said and the extent to
which its corroborated or not.
Clinton herself has said she was not aware of the dossier.
Clapper told CNN that he believes the U.S. intelligence
community was able to validate portions of the dossier that
suggest Trump exercised little political acumen while in Russia.
We had some concerns about it from the standpoint of its
sourcing, which we couldnt corroborate but at the same time,
some of the substantive content, not all of it, but some, we
were able to corroborate in our intelligence community
assessment from other sources, he said.
Despite saying he doesnt care who put up the money for the
dossier, Clapper was suggesting that an audit trail could
substantiate who actually did pay for it although that seems
to have been already demonstrated.
When we did our intelligence committee assessment, we were
aware that there had been research done and that some Republican
candidates, as a matter of fact, had contracted through Fusion
GPS to obtain what it later became known as the dossier,
Clapper noted, adding that the project was then transferred to
the DNC and Hillary for America.
This is something that bears an audit trail by experts in
finances that can track the auditing for this, he suggested to
CNN, because that would enable investigators to see who was
responsible for it.