Former intelligence official James Clapper: ‘There are other shoes to drop here besides this indictment'
Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has indicated that the recent indictments over Russian interference in the U.S. political system would likely not be the last charges brought over the activity.
“I do think there are other shoes to drop here besides this indictment,” Clapper said during an appearance on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday.
When host Dana Bash followed up on the comment, he said, “Not addressed here is potential involvement of the Russian government which we certainly saw through intelligence channels that the Russian government was masterminding this.”
“I think another thing that we haven’t seen much of is financial entanglements between the Trump Organization before the election and then during it,” Clapper added.
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Their exchange comes on the heels of a Friday announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that a D.C. grand jury has indicted “thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian companies for committing federal crimes while seeking to interfere in the United States political system, including the 2016 Presidential election.”
The news release describes these alleged efforts, dating as far back as 2014, but it also clarifies that the indictment does not include any deliberate activity by Americans nor does it imply any effect on the 2016 election outcome.
The same day, President Trump responded to the indictments, tweeting, “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!”