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I left it to the judgment [of] Director Comey, to decide whether, when and what to tell me about counterintelligence investigations. When the intelligence community obtains information suggesting that a U.S. person is acting on behalf of a foreign power, the standard procedure is to share that information with the lead investigatory body, which of course is the FBI. Given its sensitivity, even the existence of a counterintelligence investigation's closely held, including at the highest levels. I would know that. I can deny it.feedback
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May 15 2017
James Clapper has been quoted 98 times. The one recent article where James Clapper has been quoted is Did Trump Raise Mike Flynn’s FBI Troubles at Comey Dinner?. Most recently, James Clapper was quoted as having said, “Anyone who is a serving office in the government and you are asked by the president to dinner…you are in a difficult position to refuse to go.”.
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In terms of your own self, it's a very, very good thing. The equilibrium is much better.feedback

Sen. Graham, I can't comment on that because that impacts the investigation.feedback

If there has ever been a clarion call for vigilance and action against a threat to the very foundations of our democratic political system, this episode is it. I hope that the American people recognize the severity of this threat and that we collectively counter it before it further erodes the fabric of our democracy.feedback

Russia's activities to influence the election counted as a high watermark in their efforts. They must have been congratulating themselves at having exceeded their wildest expectations, with minimum of expenditure.feedback

This is the most assertive, most aggressive and most directly impactful of any engagement that they have had in our elections. They have to regard what they did as a huge success. They've been doing it in France and they'll do it in Germany.feedback

Russian defense officials acknowledge they have deployed radar-imagery jammers and are developing laser weapons designed to blind U.S. intelligence and ballistic missile defense satellites. Russia and China continue to pursue weapons systems capable of destroying satellites on orbit, placing U.S. satellites at greater risk in the next few years.feedback

I would say that this was espionage. I think there is a difference between an act of espionage, which we conduct as well, and other nations do, versus an attack.feedback

I can't speak officially anymore, but I will say that for the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president the president elect at the time or as a candidate or against his campaign.feedback

I can deny it. Not to my knowledge. I can't speak for other authorized entities in the government or a state or local entity. We did not include anything in our report … that had any reflect of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no evidence of that included in our report. We had no evidence of such collusion. Yes, I do.feedback

Certainly the Russians have to be chortling about the success of their efforts to sow dissension in this country.feedback

For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.feedback

It speaks well of him for picking a seasoned veteran of the agency who is widely and deeply respected by the workforce as well as those outside the agency. She has also been a strong proponent for integration, not only within CIA, but across the intelligence community.feedback

I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security.feedback

President-elect Trump again affirmed his appreciation for all the men and women serving in the Intelligence Community, and I assured him that the IC stands ready to serve his Administration and the American people.feedback

We have high confidence that President Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. The goals of this campaign were to undermine public faith int he US democratic process. Putin and the Russian government also developed a clear preference for President-elect (Donald) Trump. Russia aspired to help President-elect Trump's election chances when possibly by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.feedback

I don't think those with the intelligence community have a whole lot of respect for him.feedback

We assess that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized the recent election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets. Not in my view.feedback

There's a difference between healthy skepticism ... and disparagement.feedback

The intelligence community can't gauge the impact it had on the choices the electorate made. We stand actually more resolutely on the strength of that statement. I think the public should know as much about this as possible. And so we'll be as forthcoming as we can, but there are some sensitive and fragile sources and methods here.feedback

I think there is an important distinction here between healthy skepticism, which policymakers – to include policymaker No. 1 – should always have for intelligence, but I think there's a difference between skepticism and disparagement.feedback

We stand actually more resolutely on the strength of that statement than we did on the 7th of October.feedback

They are not going to do that – that is their ticket to survival. They are under siege and they are very paranoid. The best that we could probably hope for is some sort of a cap.feedback

This is a one-year period, but it does show a positive trend.feedback

Nevertheless, we ascribe to them the capability to launch a missile that would have a weapon on it to reach parts of the United States, certainly including Alaska and Hawaii.feedback

That's something they worry about a lot ... That is a great vulnerability I don't think we have exploited. Right now, we are kind of stuck on our narrative and they are kind of stuck on theirs.feedback

I wouldn't put it past them to shoot down an American aircraft if they felt that was threatening to their forces on the ground.feedback

I think the notion of getting the North Koreans to denuclearize is probably a lost cause.feedback

Two weeks ago DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and I released a joint statement saying that the recent compromise of emails was directed by the Russian Government. The emails released on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. Going after the U.S. political organizations is a new and aggressive spin on the political cycle.feedback

Now is the appropriate time, since both candidates have been officially anointed.feedback

Based on the pace and scope of construction at these outposts, China will be able to deploy a range of offensive and defensive military capabilities and support increased PLAN and CCG presence beginning in 2016. Once these facilities are completed by the end of 2016 or early 2017, China will have significant capacity to quickly project substantial offensive military power to the region.feedback

It (North Korea) is also committed to developing a long range nuclear armed missile that's capable of posing a direct threat to the United States, although the system has not been flight tested.feedback

The perceived success" of attacks by such extremists in Europe and San Bernardino, California, might motivate others to replicate opportunistic attacks with little or no warning, diminishing our ability to detect terrorist operational planning and readiness.feedback

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