Trump tweeted again.
Early Thursday morning, the president-elect again took to Twitter to address his ongoing fury at this week’s leak of an explosive collection of documents alleging a deeply set Trump/ Russia connection. He’s already addressed this same fury multiple times on Twitter and in public appearances, including at his Wednesday morning press conference.
His initial, unfiltered reaction to the document leak was rather straightforward. Tuesday evening, he wrote, “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
According to BR he followed up that Tuesday evening tweet with a Wednesday morning statement comparing the supposed smear campaign being run against him with the news reports about the leak to something that would have gone on in Nazi Germany.
Trump wrote on Thursday, “James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated. Made up, phony facts. Too bad!”
James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated. Made up, phony facts.Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017
James Clapper is the outgoing Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Trump claimed that Clapper confirmed to him in a late Wednesday night phone call that the collection of incriminating documents first circulated on Tuesday was “made up.”
It wasn’t, and Clapper never said it was.
The DNI released a public statement after speaking with Trump. All Clapper said to the president-elect was that he does not believe that anyone in the U.S. intelligence community leaked the incriminating documents to the public and that he and his fellow intelligence leaders have “not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable.”
Clapper’s full statement was conveniently dropped in the comments of Trump’s Thursday morning tweet, and you can see it below.
@realDonaldTrump Here it is again. See: “The IC has not made any judgement that the information in this document is reliable.” pic.twitter.com/rGwkmyO1bv
— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) January 12, 2017
The allegations contained in the documents that have Trump up in arms are damning, to say the least — but that’s if they’re true. U.S. intelligence agencies and leading journalists have been reportedly working for months to verify the serious, wide ranging claims in the documents, as Clapper referenced in passing.
However, at present, the documents remain unverified. Allegations brought up by the collection include that Russia and Trump have had an intelligence exchange agreement for at least several years and that throughout these years the Kremlin has collected material that could be used to blackmail the president-elect at some point in the future.
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FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017