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Obama, DNI Clapper heap praise on a whistleblower complaint, called it “one of the most credible’ he’s seen

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The former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper heaped high praise on Wednesday, the most recent whistleblower complaint, the President of Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, calling it “one of the most credible, convincing” complaints of its kind he has seen.

Clapper pointed to the thoroughness of the complaint, he said, should be investigated, “not necessarily”.

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“I would say that of all the whistleblower complaints that I’ve ever seen, during my six-and-a-half years as the DNI, it was one of the best-written, best-prepared, with a footnote and caveated as appropriate it should be,” Clapper said in an interview, was part of the Washington Post Live Cybersecurity summit.

These were the same qualities Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow pointed out the last time, the issues of the complaint’s origin.

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“Look at the phraseology, the Endnotes, and footnotes. This was not prepared by this Person. This was written by a law firm,” Sekulow on Fox & Friends said “” on Friday.

The former Secretary of homeland security Michael Chertoff, who was also part of yesterday’s discussion agreed that the complaint was “a matter of great importance,” but to jump, in contrast to clapper, was hesitant to draw any conclusions in relation to its merits.

“I can not judge whether it is credible, because obviously you have to investigate, you have to determine what is the basis of knowledge,” Chertoff. “Can the person, they were able to know certain things, or don’t know certain things? There are probably other people that need to be addressed.”

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Chertoff warned against “people, the announcement of the results, you can think of to say, you are going to get, before the investigation is made,” that this “affects the credibility of the entire process.”

Chertoff served under former President George W. Bush. Clapper led the intelligence services under President Barack Obama.

Flap went on to defend the man who currently occupies his old position of DNI Joseph Maguire act, the criticism from Democrats during a house hearing over his decision to consult White house lawyers after the receipt of the complaint.

“Well, he is in a hard place, he was the Deputy Director of national intelligence for about six weeks,” Clapper said. He acknowledged that Maguire was in a difficult situation, with no clear Protocol, but that he is likely to call the right one.

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“I think, institutionally, Joe did the right thing,” Clapper said. Clapper acknowledged the “problem” of “advice with the element of the government’s involvement in the complaint,” but Maguire, “said the real concern over the violation of exec not had privileges where he can do without the authority to executive privilege.”

Clapper acknowledged that, if he is in Maguire ‘ s position, which he held until January of 2017, “I honestly do not thing I would have done.”

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