Mr. Clapper was unanimously voted into office by the Senate when political tensions were tense enough to halt the functioning of the federal government.
“During that time the federal government came to a stand still. Congress couldn’t even agree on a budget. Mr. Clapper did the unimaginable and united the political parties and led the Senate Intelligence Committee to an agreement on his confirmation with a vote of 15-0 in his favor,” commented James Beard, a political analyst.
James Clapper was appointed into office on August 5, 2010.
During his tenure, he restricted communication with the media, lied under oath, gave false testimony, and obstructed Congress in the investigation of mass surveillance on Americans. His explanation was that he "forgot" certain laws and tried to be the "least untruthful." With the defense and reinforcement of the White House, he not only avoided criminal charges of perjury, but retained his position as the leader of the intelligence community.
With his forthcoming departure near, Mr. Clapper has made allegations of Russian influence on the recent Presidential election that Donald Trump won.
He has publicly stated that “Russia undoubtedly meddled in the election and affected the final tally of the candidates.”
In response, the Senate Committee on Armed Services held a hearing to clarify the Director’s statements.
As expected, the Director had terse responses to most inquiries. Pointed questions were met with an “I can neither confirm or deny” in different paraphrasing. He did accuse Russia of interfering in the election, but wouldn’t give any further explanation when asked for evidence or reasoning.
Throughout the hearing his only animated display was in response to Senator Lindsey Graham’s support for military retaliation.
“President Obama threw a pebble, I want to throw a rock,” stated Senator Graham regarding not only Russia, but China, Iran, and North Korea as well. “I hope [Trump] takes them on.”
“As usual, I agree with what you said,” responded Director Clapper with a smile.
In the aftermath of the hearing, President-Elect Trump denounced the intelligence chief for broadcasting propaganda to the public.
“What a phony! He wants to start four wars and invalidate the election results because voters had access to accurate facts. I’m gonna call bullshit. He resigned because he knew I would fire him on my first day in office," declared President-Elect Trump.