James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence,
told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Monday that he still has
not seen any evidence of any kind of collusion between the Trump
campaign and Russian foreign nationals.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-N.C., asked if Clapper's prior statement
was correct, when he said on NBC that there was "no evidence' of
collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. When
asked if that is still accurate, Clapper said Monday, "it is."
On NBC weeks earlier, Clapper said, "We did not include any
evidence in our report, and I say, 'our,' that's NSA, FBI and
CIA, with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that
had anything, that had any reflection of collusion between
members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no
evidence of that included in our report."
When former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was asked the
same question, she declined to answer indicating that to do so
might reveal classified information.
But Yates clarified further by saying, "Just because I say I
can't answer it, you should now draw from than an assumption
that the answer is 'yes.'"
When Graham asked Clapper why the original report on Russian
meddling in the 2016 election did not include the so-called
"Russian dossier" which cropped up weeks later in the Trump
administration, Clapper said, "We couldn't corroborate the