Earlier this year, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper flat-out denied the existence of a FISA court order for a wiretap against the Trump campaign.
“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-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign,” he said at the time.
Since then, news reports have claimed that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped under a secret court order before and after the election.
Appearing on CNN Thursday, Clapper maintained he was not aware of a FISA warrant against Paul Manafort. He did, however, make an interesting admission.
“Is it possible the president was picked up in a conversation with Paul Manafort?” CNN’s Don Lemon asked.
“It’s certainly conceivable,” Clapper responded.
“Is it likely?” Lemon pressed.
“I can’t say,” the former spy chief responded. “I wouldn’t want to go there. I will say it’s possible.”
“Its possible” President Trump's voice was picked up in a wiretap of Paul Manafort, says former spy chief Clapper https://t.co/2ELM48axAa
— CNN (@CNN) September 21, 2017
Clapper previously made it clear that, as the head of DNI, he would know about any FISA order to wiretap an American citizen. His most recent denial of knowledge about Manafort being wiretapped under the Obama administration raises some interesting questions. Was the order carried out without his knowledge? Are media reports false?
The truth always seems to come out in good time.