James Clapper


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I worry about frankly, you know, access to the nuclear codes. That he, in a fit of pique, decides to do something about Kim Jong Un – there is actually very little to stop him.feedback
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Nov 14 2017
James Clapper has been quoted 100 times. The one recent article where James Clapper has been quoted is Former intelligence officials say Trump is being manipulated by Putin. Most recently, James Clapper was quoted as having said, “I do think both the Chinese and the Russians think they can play him.”.
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Jun 07 2017

I think (if) you compare the two that Watergate pales really in my view compared to what we're confronting now.feedback

May 28 2017 - Russia

I will tell you that my dashboard warning light was clearly on, and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community.feedback

May 28 2017 - Sanctions

Certainly sanctions are a compelling, powerful weapon–Russians don't like them. They are only emboldened. They are only going to continue to interfere in our political process. To me, that is the big story here and what American people should be concerned about.feedback

May 28 2017 - Russia

I have to say as well, Chuck, we have a time-honored custom that we have one president and one administration at a time. And oncoming administrations don't get a head-start before the end of the current president's incumbency. Given the fact that he oversees the very aggressive intelligence operation in this country - the Russians have more intelligence operatives than any other nation that is represented in this country, still even after we got rid of 35 of them - and so to suggest that he is somehow separate or oblivious to that is a bit much.feedback

May 15 2017

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

May 15 2017 - Trump Presidency

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.feedback

May 15 2017 - Trump Presidency

He mentioned that he had been invited to the White House to have dinner with the president, and he was uneasy with that because of… even the appearance of compromising the independence of the FBI.feedback

May 15 2017 - Trump Presidency

Our institutions are under assault internally.feedback

May 14 2017 - Russia

I can't say, I think each senator or congressman has got to, I hope, will think in terms of their own conscience.feedback

May 14 2017

I think, in many ways, our institutions are under assault, both externally – and that's the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system. I think as well our institutions are under assault internally. Exactly.feedback

May 14 2017 - Russia

The Russians have to consider this [Comey's sacking] as another victory on the scoreboard for them.feedback

May 12 2017 - Russia

In fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.feedback

May 11 2017 - Trump administration

What I expect is, though, that the accompanying authorities and resources will not match these bold goals.feedback

May 11 2017 - Trump Presidency

See the people in the back, people are gasping.feedback

May 11 2017 - Trump Presidency

In terms of your own self, it's a very, very good thing. The equilibrium is much better.feedback

May 09 2017 - Russia

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

May 09 2017 - Russia

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

May 08 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

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

May 03 2017 - Russia

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

Mar 29 2017 - US, Russia relations

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

Mar 28 2017 - Espionage

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

Mar 06 2017

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

Mar 06 2017 - Wiretapping

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

Feb 02 2017

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

Jan 12 2017 - US, Russia relations

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

Jan 12 2017 - US, Russia relations

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

Jan 11 2017 - Trump-Putin

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

Jan 09 2017

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

Jan 06 2017 - US, Russia relations

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

Jan 06 2017 - Fake news

"This was a multifaceted campaign,". "The hacking was only one part of it. It also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, fake news.".feedback

Jan 06 2017

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

Jan 05 2017

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

Jan 05 2017 - NSA

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

Jan 05 2017 - US, Russia relations

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

Dec 27 2016

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

Nov 17 2016

I expect that would continue.feedback

Nov 17 2016 - Kremlin

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

Nov 17 2016

I've got 64 days left and I think I'd have a hard time with my wife with anything past that.feedback

Oct 26 2016

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

Oct 26 2016

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

Oct 25 2016 - US, Russia relations

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

Oct 25 2016

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

Oct 20 2016 - Russian hacking

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

Jul 29 2016 - Democratic Party

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

Mar 11 2016

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

Feb 09 2016 - North Korea

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

Feb 09 2016

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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