Former Director of National Intelligence doubled-down on previous statements he made earlier this year, completely denying he knew anything about wiretapping President Trump or his campaign staff during the 2016 election.
Clapper was speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon when he was asked about earlier comments he made in March, when he categorically denied the Obama administration had surveilled senior Trump associates.
“Did you know about a FISA warrant against Paul Manafort at the time?” asked Lemon.
“I did not,” said Clapper.
“I can’t comment on a specific FISA order. I said some things about this on ‘Meet the Press’ on the 5th of March, and I stand on that statement. I can’t confirm or deny it,” he added.
The former Intelligence Director was referring to an interview he gave earlier this year, where he was asked to comment on President Trump’s tweets that claimed he and his staff had been “wiretapped” by the Obama administration.
“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 told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd.
Watch Clapper’s denial above.