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Clapper: Exposing Intel Secrets for Political Gain Is 'Egregious'

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By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 10:05 AM

James Clapper on Friday said that the congressional oversight committees have a burden to be as "discreet and confidential" as the intelligence community (IC) itself, adding that the release of the FISA memo would be an "egregious" betrayal.

The former director of national intelligence made the comments on CNN's "New Day" morning program. Clapper was reacting to the memo poised to be released by House Intel Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes.

"I've always felt that the oversight committees had an additional burden because they have to represent the people, because we can't expose what the intelligence community does every day," Clapper said.

"Absolutely they should conduct oversight, but there's a process for this that is discreet and confidential. Exposing this as a political act I think is particularly egregious," Clapper said on CNN.

Further, Clapper said there's a ripple effect beyond the specific charge in the Nunes memo, namely that the Justice Department abused its powers laid out by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in its investigation into former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

"This also implicates others in the intelligence community who have a lot at stake here with the whole FISA process," Clapper said.

"Not to mention besmirching — regardless of what the tweet says — besmirching the rank and file, superb people of the FBI," Clapper said.

There needs to be oversight of the intel community, Clapper maintains.

"That's the whole purpose of why the two intelligence oversight committees were established in the first place," Clapper said. "Unlike other constituencies in the government … what the intelligence community does is secret."

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James Clapper on Friday said that the congressional oversight committees have a burden to be as "discreet and confidential" as the intelligence community itself, adding that the release of the FISA memo would be an "egregious" betrayal.
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