Kind of a non-story, since they’re all going to have to go in the next couple of months, but it feels good anyway because Clapper is such a liar and a creep.
Running interference for an administration with deep ties to the group, Clapper famously told Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood, with a religion right in their name, is a “largely secular” group back in 2011. In 2010, he was unaware of the arrests of suspects in the bombing of London even after media reports had been out for hours.
But the big Clapper Whopper, that the Obama administration was not conducting mass surveillance on its citizens, came in 2013. Then he lied about the lie.
Clapper said he misspoke in the Senate hearing last year when he said the U.S. was not collecting Americans’ data. But documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), later showed that the agency had been gathering and storing phone records for years.
Clapper’s explanations for his answer have shifted over time. At first he defended his comments and said he meant the say the NSA was not going through Americans’ email. Later, he said that his response was “the least untruthful” he could give Congress. Finally, he wrote a letter to Congress last June saying his answer was “clearly erroneous” and said that he had been thinking about the substance of the phone calls rather than the “to” and “from” information, which is known as metadata.
He will not be missed. Drain. The. Swamp.
“(I) submitted my letter of resignation last night, which felt pretty good,” he said before the panel of lawmakers.
He added: “I have 64 days left and I’d have a pretty hard time with my wife going past that.”