Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said July 16 that he’d thought of a way to hold Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (shown in photo) accountable for lying under oath to Congress.
During an address at the Monitor Breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor and held at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C., Levin, the chair of the Senate Armed Service Committee, wouldn’t go so far as calling on President Obama to fire Clapper, but he suggested it as a possibility.
“I’m troubled by that testimony,” he said. “I don’t know how he has tried to wiggle out from it, but I’m troubled by it, so how do you hold him accountable? I guess the only way to do that would be for the President to somehow or other fire him. I think he made it clear he regrets saying what he said and I don’t want to call on the President to fire him, although I’m troubled by it.”
Evidence of Clapper’s culpability is convincing. Here’s a brief recap of the events provided by Breitbart.com editor-at-large, Ben Shapiro:
In March 2013, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) asked Clapper whether the NSA grabbed “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” Clapper replied, “No.” Then he said, “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”
In June, Clapper said that those statements were “the least untruthful” thing he could say. Clapper then apologized for his “erroneous” statements in a letter to Congress.
Both parties in Congress have declined to do anything about Clapper’s possible perjury. Sen. Wyden and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) did not call for his removal; Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-CA) have all declined to comment.
“This administration views [NSA leaker Edward] Snowden as the problem, not Gen. Clapper,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
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Photo of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: AP Images