Blog — Senate

January 27, 2014

It’s Time for James Clapper to Go

By Melanie Sloan

Uncle Sam Spying on AmericansThis afternoon, six members of Congress called on President Obama to dismiss Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for lying to Congress. We agree.

Last March, Mr. Clapper misled the Senate by falsely testifying that the NSA did not "wittingly" collect any type of data on millions of Americans. In July, CREW called on the Department of Justice to investigate Clapper for making false statements and obstructing a congressional inquiry.

In December, seven members of the House Judiciary Committee – Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Raul Labrador (R-ID), and Ted Poe (R-TX) – echoed our call for an investigation.

Time's up. As we wrote in December: "The Obama administration has been extremely aggressive in prosecuting leaks. It is only reasonable to expect DOJ to be at least as diligent in investigating high government officials who deliberately lie to Congress."

We applaud today's call for Mr. Clapper's dismissal, which came in the form of a letter from Reps. Darrell Issa, Ted Poe, Paul Broun (R-GA), Doug Collins (R-GA), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Alan Grayson (D-FL).


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