Clapper: Intelligence assessment ‘cast doubt’ on legitimacy of Trump’s election

On CNN Saturday night, Erin Burnett questioned former Director of National Intelligence director James Clapper about Russian interference in the election.

She asked him about Trump’s reaction to those intelligence briefings.

“When we briefed him, if you’re speak of the briefing on the 6th of January, he was very curious, complimentary and he did listen,” Clapper said.

“And frankly, the evidence that we provided in detail –which of course we couldn’t expose publicly– was pretty overwhelming. It’s why we had such a high confidence level in what we said in that assessment. And so I thought it was a good discussion. He had some doubts about some things, but that’s fine to be skeptical about some things. But on balance, I thought we successfully conveyed the message because the substantiating evidence was quite compelling and we didn’t hear anything about the 400 pound guy in his bed in New Jersey.”

“Which is and I think very important, as you said, because I think obviously when he says publicly is different than what you’re describing, which is sort of the way you want an incoming president to respond, courteous and receptive and listen,” Burnett said.

But Clapper wanted to point out the ultimate result of that meeting.

“I have to say, Erin, I think what this was maybe the first or early harbinger of what I think really motivated him is, our intelligence community assessment did, I think, serve to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his victory in the election and I think that, above all else, is what concerned him. I think that transcends, unfortunately, the real concern here, which is Russian interference in our political process, which by the way, is going to continue,” Clapper said.

Got that? The then-DNI director says the evidence was compelling enough to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his election. Not as an inconvenient political perception, but as a fact.

No wonder he’s so edgy.

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Why is no one sending aid to Puerto Rico?

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Toxic waste in the post-global warming world

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If you’ve been following this story, you already know that Texas exempted itself from the FEMA rules that requires them to maintain a record of all toxic substances on sites so that first responders know what they’re dealing with. FREEDUMB! Nice that they won’t be sharing that info with the public as they clean this up:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey.

The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there’s a threat to human health.

The one-sentence disclosure about the 517 containers was made Friday night deep within a media release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency summarizing the government’s response to the devastating storm.

At least a dozen Superfund sites in and around Houston were flooded in the days after Harvey’s record-shattering rains stopped. Associated Press journalists surveyed seven of the flooded sites by boat, vehicle and on foot. The EPA said at the time that its personnel had been unable to reach the sites, though they surveyed the locations using aerial photos.

The Associated Press reported Monday that a government hotline also received calls about three spills at the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site, a former petroleum waste processing plant outside Houston contaminated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. Records obtained by the AP showed workers at the site reported spills of unknown materials in unknown amounts.

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On the road again

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Checked the oil and the coolant, put in some more wiper fluid and I’m headed to New York today to see my adorable grandson. So if any big stories break, they will have to wait until I get home.

Hopefully the car and I make it back in one piece!

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BREAKING: Bill Cassidy says new GOP healthcare bill to be introduced this week

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Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has been having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. He thought he was being a good player by co-signing on Lindsay Graham’s latest attempt to take health care away from millions of Americans for the sake of Republican donor’s tax cuts. But then, he got the full force of the “Kimmel… Continue Reading →

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