Michael Morrell became the second, Obama administration high-level official to publicly state that there is no evidence of a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The former acting CIA director elaborated on the subject on Wednesday evening, 10 days after the former director of National Intelligence, James Clapper stated much the same.
Morrell, who was a Hillary Clinton supporter, spoke at an event sponsored by The Cipher Brief, a website for which he is a contributing writer that is described as being a “digital, security-based conversation platform that connects the private sector with the world’s leading security experts.”
“On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire at all,” Morrell said. “There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark. And there’s a lot of people looking for it.”
One of those people was Clapper, who made an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Mar. 5 and stated a joint investigation between his DNI office, the NSA, CIA and the FBI resulted in no evidence of a collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
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Morrell, who was the likely CIA director pick in the event of a Clinton victory last November, also spoke last night about the dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, claiming ties between Trump and the Russians.
“Unless you know the sources, and unless you know how a particular source acquired a particular piece of information, you just can’t judge the information … you just can’t,” he said.
The recent comments from Morrell are quite different than those expressed in his op-ed in the New York Times on August 5, 2016, wherein he openly endorsed Hillary Clinton for president while calling Donald Trump an “unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”
H/T: NBC News
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