Appearing on New Day Thursday, former DNI James Clapper, who presently serves as a CNN national security analyst, was asked about unmasking of General Michael Flynn.
“Unmasking in and of itself, nothing wrong with that. Leaking classified information, and by definition, these phone calls were classified. That’s a problem, correct?” anchor John Berman asked, to which Clapper answered in the affirmative.
Regarding the rumors Clapper leaked, Berman said, “And if anyone did leak the contents of these conversations with or without the name, that would be a problem, yes?”
Though after that question, Clapper disappeared from the CNN video.
Berman quickly said, “We’ve lost the shot. I wonder if we can just get him on the phone to finish this. Let’s try to get Director Clapper back. All right, we’re going to work — we’re going to work on getting that shot back.”
Minutes later, Director Clapper returned, and Berman resumed his tough questioning. “David Ignatius put out this famous column on January 12th where he mentions the phone call between Michael Flynn, the December 29th phone call. Did you leak that information?”
“I did not,” he responded.Follow @CommentaryCNN