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 ClapperDomestic security is in disarray: We need a manager, now more than ever Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? 140 national security leaders call for 9/11-style panel to review Jan. 6 attack MORE said on Sunday that he believes there are “more shoes to drop” after an indictment stemming from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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."

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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 ClintonFive things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries Clintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections 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 TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals 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."