Clapper, lawmakers defend intel community’s work on ISIS after Obama remarks

October 1, 2014 3:42 PM

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The top U.S. intelligence official, in a memo to staff obtained by Fox News, praised his analysts for their work bringing attention to the Islamic State's gains over the past two years -- as Republican lawmakers likewise jumped to their defense after President Obama claimed they "underestimated" the threat.

The president's comments to "60 Minutes" over the weekend have prompted a vigorous round of finger-pointing. The White House has eased off, saying the president did not intend to blame the intelligence community -- but also is disputing accusations from GOP lawmakers and intelligence officials that ...

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