James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Monday that he still has not seen any evidence of any kind of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian foreign nationals.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-N.C., asked if Clapper’s prior statement was correct, when he said on NBC that there was “no evidence’ of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. When asked if that is still accurate, Clapper said Monday, “it is.”
On NBC weeks earlier, Clapper said, “We did not include any evidence in our report, and I say, ‘our,’ that’s NSA, FBI and CIA, with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that had anything, that had any reflection of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no evidence of that included in our report.”
When former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was asked the same question, she declined to answer indicating that to do so might reveal classified information.
But Yates clarified further by saying, “Just because I say I can’t answer it, you should now draw from than an assumption that the answer is ‘yes.'”
When Graham asked Clapper why the original report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election did not include the so-called “Russian dossier” which cropped up weeks later in the Trump administration, Clapper said, “We couldn’t corroborate the sourcing.”