Clapper: Obama’s Response to Russian Election Interference Was ‘Appropriate’

Washington Free Beacon | 11/12/2017 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Sunday the Obama administration's response to Russian election interference during the 2016 election cycle was "appropriate," saying there were reasons for the White House's discretion at the time.

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The Washington Post reported earlier this year about President Barack Obama and his administration's behind-the-scenes efforts to combat the Russian interference efforts, which were well-known during the campaign. One administration official lamented the administration "choked" in their response, which was done quietly due in part to Obama's fears that he would be accused of influencing an expected Hillary Clinton victory.

CNN host Jake Tapper asked Clapper if Obama made a mistake to not make a "bigger public deal" of the efforts at the time, but Clapper responded that hindsight fell into the "coulda, woulda, shoulda" department.

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"There really wasn't much of a template or rule back for how to handle a situation like this," Clapper said. "I think … the concern that the administration had was, if we did make a big public deal of this, would we first be amplifying what the Russians were doing? And I think, frankly, the president was probably sensitive to the accusation that he was putting his hand on the...
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