CNN: Clapper: US institutions 'under assault' from Trump
Washington (CNN)Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Sunday that he thinks US institutions are under assault from President Donald Trump.
"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 -- and I think as well our institutions are under assault internally," Clapper told anchor Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union."
Pressed if he meant US institutions were under assault internally from the President, Clapper responded, "Exactly."
Clapper called on the other branches of the federal government to step up in their roles as a check on the executive.
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WNU Editor: Nothing has changed .... the same anti-Trump and Russian accusations and claims .... but no proof or evidence provided. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is saying that US institutions are under assault from President Donald Trump .... I say that some of the people in these institutions are waging an assault on a duly elected President via through leaks .... and they have been doing so very openly since the election. The politicisation of these institutions (intelligence and justice) has been a trend that has been accelerating for the past few years .... listening to James Clapper today .... and former CIA/NSA Director Michael Hayden on other TV stations .... Former CIA chief now 'open' to idea of special prosecutor on Russia (The Hill) .... and all amplified through the echo chamber of the main stream media .... is only confirming my fears that it is getting worse.
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