Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Clapper: US govt 'under assault' by Trump after Comey firing

Lucas Bell | 16 May, 2017, 09:52

"The whole notion that the president can throw out these kind of claims and then not either confirm or deny them is outrageous in my mind", Warner said.

"I think, in many ways, our institutions are under assault, both externally - and that's the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system", Clapper said "I think as well our institutions are under assault internally". The former FBI director had been leading the agency's investigation into the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials. "And, I think, as well our institutions are under assault internally", Clapper said.

The FBI Agents Association has endorsed former Republican congressman Mike Rogers, an ex-FBI agent who led the House intelligence committee and had collegial relationships with his Democratic counterparts.

However, Lee gave Trump the benefit of the doubt, saying, "As far as I'm aware, he is fully cooperating and he is willing and eager to see this investigation" through. "Exactly", Clapper replied, adding that the constitutional system of checks and balances was "under assault and is eroding".

Given the Republicans' narrow Senate majority, the larger consideration for the White House is that some GOP senators also insist on a nonpartisan choice as the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created", he said, adding, "I have no evidence that the president colluded with the Russians at all ... but we don't know all the evidence yet".

Asked about reports that Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas was among those interviewed for the job, Graham said, "It's now time to pick someone who comes from within the ranks or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on day one".

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The termination letter from President Donald Trump to FBI Director James Comey is photographed in Washington, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Lee said he was "absolutely serious about it". "I can't say", he said. Speaking on Sunday talk shows, lawmakers from the two parties said Trump doesn't have any choice but to turn over any tapes that could exist.

Clapper spoke following Trump's sudden firing of Comey last week, which drew sharp criticism because it came amid the FBI's probe into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign.

Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, explained Sunday why Comey should testify on Capitol Hill in public.

"The developments of the past week are very bothersome, very disturbing to me", Clapper said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

One contender who could prove politically palatable is Michael Garcia, a former USA attorney in Manhattan with significant experience in terrorism and public corruption investigations.

Trump also misquoted the Obama administration's intelligence director, James Clapper.

Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, at first saying he accepted recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, that he be ousted because of the role he played past year in the investigation into Trump's presidential election challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and the way she handled national security material on her private email server.

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