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Clapper: 'Our Institutions Are Under Assault' By President Trump

Clapper: 'Our Institutions Are Under Assault' By President Trump

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a stern warning Sunday about the state of the USA government after President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last week, saying he thinks U.S. institutions are "under assault".

'I feel as though that is under assault and it's eroding, ' Clapper said.

And when he was asked, "Internally, from the president?" I think in many ways our institutions are under assault, both externally - and that's the big news here, is Russian interference in our election system.

And now, ex-intelligence chief James Clapper - who worked for President Barack Obama - worries that the USA democratic system of checks and balances and the separation of powers among three equal branches of government is being threatened by the current president. "I can't characterize it as being surprised, I just hope they will speak up". "It's very disturbing to me that the negative morale impact this event has had", he said. "But I don't think it would be a bad question to ask", Trump said in an interview on Fox News on Saturday night.

A former U.S. spymaster today accused Donald Trump of assaulting American institutions, saying the United States president's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey was "very disturbing" to the employees of the bureau.

Stephanopoulos asked the former Director of National Intelligence under President Obama if he thought "James Comey would make a pledge of loyalty to the president", a reference to reports that Comey said the president asked him for such assurances, which he declined to give. "And I think that reflects the feeling, the widespread feeling, in the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said.

Clapper told NBC in March that he didn't know of any evidence that demonstrated collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.




"The developments of the past week very bothersome, very disturbing to me", Clapper told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The State of the Union".

He noted the intelligence community's joint assessment declaring Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 election did not contain any reporting about political collusion.

'I did not have any evidence.

Graham spoke Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press". There wasn't - the evidence, if there was any, didn't reach the evidentiary bar in terms of the level of confidence that we were striving for in that intelligence community assessment, ' Clapper explained on Monday.

In short, the FBI's investigation could still produce evidence of collusion.

Clapper first made a point to tell Tapper that his statements about not having seen evidence of collusion "should not be considered exculpatory", despite Trump's insistence to the contrary.


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