Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 8, 2017.

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Clap Back: James Clapper On Why He Felt Compelled To Question President Trump's Fitness to Serve

August 25, 2017

After more than 50 years in service of eight White House administrations, James Clapper was one of the least likely figures to publicly question a sitting president's fitness to serve. But that's exactly what the former Director of National Intelligence did in a widely-shared appearance on CNN after President Trump's recent rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Clapper's comments even drew the ire of President Trump on Twitter, who questioned why Clapper previously sent him a “beautiful letter." In this episode of The SCIF, Juliette sits down with Clapper to discuss the subsequent attack levied on him by President Trump, what his interactions with the president were like, and why he worries about Trump’s behavior.


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