Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Clapper: Watergate ‘PALES’ compared to Trump Russia scandal
Former director of national intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday that Watergate “pales” compared to what the scandal surrounding the Trump Administration.
Clapper made the comments at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia where he criticized the President Trump’s “problematic” relationship with the Moscow.
“I am very concerned about the assault on our institutions coming from both an external source — read Russia — and an internal source, the president himself,” Clapper said.
When asked about the comparison to the Watergate scandal, Clapper replied that “Watergate pales really in my view compared to what we’re confronting now.”
The former intelligence official, who served under presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama, said the Kremlin’s campaign to influence the 2016 US presidential election was “unprecedented in its directness and aggressiveness.”
“Social media trolls planting false information, orchestrated fake news which many other news outlets picked up and amplified either wittingly or unwittingly,” he said.
“Their first objective, though, was to sow doubt, discontent and discord about our political system. They achieved, I’m sure, beyond their wildest expectations.”