| On Monday evening, after a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing featuring testimony from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, President Donald Trump slapped a new header onto his personal Twitter account that declared that Clapper had reaffirmed there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
But Clapper said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper that this is not a fair reading of his comments.
“I don’t know of any evidence to it,” Clapper said of the questions about alleged collusion. “I can’t refute it, and I can’t confirm it.”
Clapper said no one should portray his comments as “exculpatory,” reiterating that he had been unaware the FBI had an investigation into potential collusion until then-FBI Director James Comey revealed it publicly in March.
Clapper said he believed the United States faces threats to its institutions from within and without, saying they are “under assault” not only from Russia, but also from Trump himself. Read more from my write-up of the interview.