Is James Clapper the Michael Avenatti of the Intelligence Community?

Yesterday, Democrat Presidential Candidate and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard called Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper a “blatant liar.”  Gabbard said:

"I think you had the director of the Department of National Intelligence at that time, James Clapper, who sat before the United States Senate and blatantly lied," Gabbard charged.

"He was asked very directly, 'Are you collecting this information,' and he said 'no.' 'Are you collecting this information on American citizens' and he said, 'no.' And yet, he is somebody you see on TV almost every day as an expert in this country without any consequence lying to the American people."

Like Michael Avenatti, Clapper is being trotted out by CNN and MSNBC as an expert to attack President Trump.  Also like Avenatti, Clapper's command of the truth is highly questioned.  Gabbard is not the only Democrat to go after Clapper.  Earlier this year, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon tweeted:


Unlike Avenatti, until the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz finish their investigations, we will not know if Clapper will be criminally charged.  In the meantime, like Avenatti, James Clapper is not credible and should not be put on television as an expert.