Pelosi on Clapper's 'No Evidence' of Trump-Russia 'Collusion' -- We Still Need an Investigation

By Andrew Eicher | March 9, 2017 | 3:30pm EST

House Minority Leader Nancy

Pelosi (D-Calif.)   (AP) 

( -- Although the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he saw "no evidence" of "collusion" between Team Trump and Russia regarding the 2016 election, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that is what only Clapper apparently knows and a full investigation is needed.

As the Director of National Intelligence under President Barack Obama, Clapper's office oversaw intelligence gathering from the FBI, CIA, and NSA.

On the March 5 Meet the Press, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Clapper if there was any evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, to which Clapper replied “not to my knowledge.” He added that while it is possible that new evidence has been produced since he left the government, he saw “no evidence of such collusion” while serving as Director of National Intelligence.

On March 9 on Capitol Hill, asked Pelosi: “On Sunday's Meet the Press, President Obama's Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that for the agencies he oversaw -- CIA, FBI, and NSA -- to his knowledge there was ‘no evidence’ of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. Do you agree with Clapper?”

James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence in

the Obama administration.  (AP) 

“Well…he’s talking about to his knowledge,” the Minority Leader responded. “We haven’t had the investigation that we need to have, and that’s what we’re saying is follow the facts, follow the facts.” 

“So I also heard him say,” she continued, “that he didn’t think there was any reason to believe that the president, President Obama, was tapping Donald Trump. But what we’re saying is follow the facts.”

“We think there’s plenty of evidence,” Pelosi said, contradicting Clapper, “that shows for sure that the Russians were disruptive of our election. Follow the facts to the personal, political, and financial connection to Russia.”

Confidential U.S. intelligence sources revealed to that the FBI monitored a computer server at Trump Tower last October, but found no evidence of illegality, reported on Thursday.

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