Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday “there is a there there” after reports Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury and hired more staff in the Russia probe.
“I don’t find surprising this development given this long period which the special counsel has been at work,” Clapper, who served in the Obama White House, told Erin Burnett on CNN.
“I also read into it that when Bob Mueller hired more staff, that there is a there there,” he added, “but I can’t say anything more than that.”
Mueller was named to head the probe by the Justice Department in May after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
The Russia probe began under Comey last year.
However, “in the end, if he determines there is no there there, he’ll make that call,” Clapper said.
“I have no doubt about his integrity, particularly in a matter as sensitive as