During yesterday’s State of the Union program on CNN, host Jake Tapper wildly asserted that “every intelligence expert, both under the Obama administration and under the Trump administration” agrees with the assessment that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
Tapper did not explain how he came to that conclusion contrary fact.
No known survey has been conducted among “every intelligence expert, both under the Obama administration and under the Trump administration” to determine whether they agree with the Russia interference charges. It is also not clear what qualifies an individual to be considered “an intelligence expert.”
Tapper also misleadingly asserted that the alleged Russia interference was affirmed in a “unanimous consensus of the intelligence community”
The U.S. intelligence community consists of 17 agencies, but only three assessed charges that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Former CIA Director John Brennan previously testified about the highly compartmentalized nature of that assessment within those three agencies – the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency.
The Washington Post, in an extensive June 23 article, reported on details of the compartmentalized operation on alleged Russia interference that indicates a high degree of secrecy involving top Obama administration officials.
Tapper made his claims about the intelligence assessments during an interview Sunday with incoming White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.