President-elect Donald Trump boasted on Twitter Thursday morning that he received a formal apology from James Clapper, the United States Director of National Intelligence.
“James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated. Made up, phony facts.Too bad!” Trump wrote.
It’s unclear which recent inflammatory report Trump was referring to. Multiple outlets reported detailed and sourced claims that Russia had compromising information on Trump. One media outlet, BuzzFeed News, published what was alleged to be an un-vetted dossier on Trump, which included several unsavory and near unbelievable anecdotes about the president-elect’s behavior.
In a rare statement to the press, Clapper acknowledged his disappointment that some information from the intelligence community had leaked to the press.
“I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security,” Clapper said, revealing that he and the president-elect agree that intelligence indicates Russia tried to compromise the election.
The publication of the salacious dossier seemed to break from tradition.
‘The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions,” Clapper said of the document, which has circulated within the intelligence community for some time. “Part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security.”