Ex-intel chief: Release of GOP memo a ‘blatant political act’
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Former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe curious timeline for taking down Trump Fairness, tradition, and the Constitution demand the 'whistleblower' step forward Schiff: Barr 'weaponizing' DOJ 'to go after the president's enemies' MORE on Friday criticized Republicans pushing to release a classified memo created by House Republicans, calling it a “blatant political act.”
 
“Transparency is a great thing, but let’s be factual and objective about it, and this clearly is a pretty blatant political act,” Clapper said on CNN’s “New Day.”
 
Since the judge extended the original authorization, it indicates the original Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant was “producing something and information of value,” Clapper said. 
 
“This is not a casual thing,” Clapper said. “There has to be layers of approval and there has to be corroborating evidence. And the court, more importantly, has to approve it.” 
 
Clapper laughed off President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE’s Friday morning tweet lashing out at the Department of Justice leadership as “the pot calling the kettle black,” pointing out that Trump appointed most of them. 
 
“I think this is almost amusing if it wasn’t such a serious topic,” said Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence from 2010 to 2017. 
 
Clapper applauded the FBI’s move this week to issue a rare statement on its “grave concerns” about the release of the memo, which is expected to be made public sometime on Friday.