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Ex-DNI Clapper: Trump Dossier Sources Couldn't Be Verified

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Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By    |   Monday, 08 May 2017 06:31 PM

The dossier on then presidential candidate Donald Trump that contained scandalous allegations of purported ties to Russia could not be verified by the U.S. intelligence community, America's former intelligence chief said Monday.

During a hearing with the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, James Clapper — who served as director of national intelligence from 2010-2017 — told lawmakers the sources of the document made public in January were an issue.

"We didn't make a judgment on that," Clapper said, The Daily Caller reported. "We couldn't corroborate the sourcing."

A former MI6 intelligence officer put together the dossier last year. It was later disseminated to media organizations, but none of them opted to publish the details of it because it could not be verified.

BuzzFeed News eventually published the document, which alleged Russia had enough compromising information on Trump to blackmail him, days before Trump was sworn in as president.

Trump and people close to him have denied everything in the dossier. It was reported last month the FBI used information in the dossier to obtain a warrant to secretly monitor Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide.

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The dossier on then presidential candidate Donald Trump that contained scandalous allegations of purported ties to Russia could not be verified by the U.S. intelligence community, America's former intelligence chief said Monday.
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