The truth still matters!
During last night’s broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow called Donald Trump out for lying to the American people about an intelligence briefing he received from US intelligence chief James Clapper.
Trump claimed on Twitter that Clapper called him to “denounce” a dossier, believed to have been compiled by a former British spy, that claims to show Russian intelligence agencies have compromising material about Trump that could be used to blackmail him.
The incoming president wrote: “James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated. Made up, phony facts. Too bad!”
James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated. Made up, phony facts.Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017
In a contradicting statement released after their conversation, Clapper said: “The IC [intelligence community] has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions.”
“The incoming president is lying to us about it outright in a way we can check,” said Maddow. “He’s saying that the intelligence community has made this claim when they actually have made a claim that totally contradicts what he said.”
Watch the segment below: