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

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

Democrats have expressed their outrage at President Donald Trump for firing Comey and, as Schumer, pointed out, offering varying explanations for his decision.

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.

These reasons contradicted the White House's assertions - and even the widely disseminated termination letter Trump sent Comey - that the dismissal was based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who criticized Comey's handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton past year.

They are among more than a dozen candidates Trump is considering, a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials.

"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", said James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.

"We can make a fast decision", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One before flying to southern Virginia, where he is set to deliver a commencement address at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school. "They've been vetted over their lifetime essentially, but very well-known, highly respected, really talented people".

The first candidate to arrive was Alice Fisher, a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration.

-Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia.

Trump also hit back on Friday at media reports questioning the credibility of White House accounts of why Comey was sacked, which have changed over the course of the week, and threatened an end to regular White House press briefings.

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

Among those being interviewed are Sen.

-U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a Bush appointee who struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law in 2010.

Late in the day, Mike Rogers, a former congressman, was a last-minute addition to the list of interviewees.

Rogers, an ex-FBI agent and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has drawn the backing of the FBI Agents Association. Each has worked in high-profile positions in the Justice Department.

Cornyn, the number two Republican in the Senate, served as Texas attorney general before his election to the Senate in 2002.

Among other roles, Townsend led the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, which at the time handled requests for government surveillance warrants in terrorism and espionage cases.

After four months in office, President Donald Trump has become distrustful of some of his White House staff, heavily reliant on a handful of family members and longtime aides, and furious that the White House's attempts to quell the firestorm over the FBI and congressional Russian Federation investigations only seem to add more fuel. Some lawmakers have alleged the firing was an effort to stifle that Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they approve of Trump's decision, compared to 38% who disapprove and 32% who said they did not have enough information to provide an answer.

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