Cyber Security James Clapper on Trump: US institutions are "under assault"

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

As Tuesday's abrupt firing of FBI Director James B. Comey set off a tidal wave of negative media coverage, Trump blamed his communications staffers for offering a series of conflicting reasons for the dismissal and is now considering replacing Spicer with Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, according to reports in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal that indicate he's also mulling a new chief of staff.

Other names mentioned include two partisans, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and former congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who were enmeshed in the Benghazi investigations that ultimately went nowhere. "I think in many ways our institutions are under assault externally, and that's the big news here, is the Russian interference in our election system".

Former director of National Intelligence James Clapper, also appearing on CNN, said "our institutions are under assault" after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election and whether the president's campaign officials had any contact with Moscow.

Wallace added the lack of communication within the White House over Comey's firing was an issue that demonstrated Trump's lack of trust in his own people-possibly explaining why there was no one willing to talk through the surprise sacking on the shows. "But we don't know all the evidence yet". "We had nothing to do with Russian Federation". However, they may reconsider after hearing his testimony next week in a briefing for all 100 senators.

The decision is subject to confirmation by the US Senate, where Republicans have a majority. "Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe said under oath this week, 'There's been no effort to impede our investigation to date.' I take him at his word".

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee kept up the pressure on the White House over the sudden firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, saying he'd like to see Comey testify at a public session of the panel.

But former Bay State Democratic Chairman Phil Johnston said Trump has no one to blame but himself for the communications troubles.

The one measure that Congress does have within its power is appointment of a special commission or select committee, which would be within Congress's domain. -Former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI, who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Where does that leave us? Cornyn is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. However, a separate investigation into the firing of Comey and potential obstruction of justice is essential. Both the president's and the attorney general's conduct must be examined. For that, Rosenstein must agree to appoint a special counsel (Rosenstein can not investigate himself) and Congress should set up a select committee.

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