Clapper on Trump/Russia: If "Active Collusion" Wasn't Proven We Have A Case Of "Passive Collusion"


In an interview Thursday night with CNN's Anderson Cooper, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested that despite special counsel Mueller's conclusion that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, there may have been "passive collusion."

JAMES CLAPPER: I do think, frankly, when you look at the magnitude and the persuasiveness of the Russian effort, particularly the social media, just Facebook alone reached some 126 million Americans that suggest that they have no impact on the election stretches credulity. The election turned on less than 80,000 votes in three states which the Russians targeted. To me, in fact, I make that assertion in the book. I believe the Russians turned the election in Trump's favor.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: You really believe that?

JAMES CLAPPER: And I think what the Mueller report does, essentially, is substantiate that.

ANDERSON COOPER: But Mueller determined that no one from the Trump campaign coordinated or conspired with Russia, but didn't determine whether or not members of the Trump campaign may have been unwitting assets of the Russian government

JAMES CLAPPER: I think, if there wasn’t active collusion proven, then I think what we have here is a case of passive collusion, where, in some cases, unwittingly — to include candidate Trump himself, who retweeted messages that had been planted by the Russians in social media, and so, that’s a small, but important example of how members of the campaign were used and manipulated by the Russians.

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