Type: Misleading StatementsMay 23 2018 Severity: Targeted: James ClapperAbout: FBI
Donald Trump blatantly misquoted former Director of National Intelligence as saying that the President "should be happy that the FBI was SPYING [sic] on his campaign," but that isn't remotely close to what Clapper actually said. The quote Trump is referring to is from an episode of TV show "The View" where Clapper was asked directly if the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign and he responded by saying "No, they were not. They were spying on, a term I don't particularly like, but on what the Russians were doing. Trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage or influence which is what they do."