James Clapper: democratic institutions are ‘under assault’ by POTUS | US news | The Guardian


James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill, during the Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Former national intelligence director hammers the president’s actions, calling James Comey’s firing ‘another victory for Russia’

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper has accused Donald Trump of placing American democratic institutions “under assault” following the sacking of James Comey and cautioned that the former FBI director’s removal is “another victory” for Russia.

The forceful criticism comes as the justice department began screening candidates for Comey’s replacement and Democrats renewed calls for a special prosecutor to oversee an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

“I think in many ways our institutions are under assault,” Clapper told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. “Both externally, and that’s the big news here, is Russian interference in our election system. And I think as well our institutions are under assault internally.”

Source: James Clapper: democratic institutions are ‘under assault’ by Trump | US news | The Guardian

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