Clapper on Mueller probe: 'I do think there are other shoes to drop'

Clapper on Mueller probe: 'I do think there are other shoes to drop'
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Former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperTrump lashes out at former intel officials for criticism of Iran tweet Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Conservatives lash out at CNN for hiring Andrew McCabe MORE said on Sunday that he believes there are “more shoes to drop” after an indictment stemming from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“Not addressed here is potential involvement of the Russian government, which we certainly saw through intelligence channels that the Russian government was masterminding this,” Clapper said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."


The Department of Justice on Friday announced charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for allegedly attempting to interfere in the 2016 election. The indictment alleges the goal of the Russians was to support then-candidate Donald Trump and damage his opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP struggles with retirement wave Overnight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE.

Clapper, who served as the director of national intelligence from 2010-2017, oversaw the intelligence community's report that concluded Russia conducted an influence campaign in an effort to aid then-candidate Donald Trump.

He said Sunday that the indictment validates that report.

“What was the big revelation to me was never before have we seen an effort like this mounted by the Russians,” Clapper said, noting it was more direct and aggressive than past efforts.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE has repeatedly taken to Twitter following the indictment to argue that his campaign never colluded with Russia.

“We’re losing sight of what we’re going to do about the threat posed by Russians," Clapper said of Trump's response. "He never talks about that."