James Clapper says US institutions under assault by Trump. Destroying checks and balances on orders of his handlers?

The country’s delicate checks and balances are “under assault” by President Trump, James Clapper warned Jake Tapper on Sunday.

The former Director of National Intelligence — an Obama appointee who retired in January — sounded the alarm days after Trump abruptly ousted the FBI director investigating his campaign’s potential ties to Russia.

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

“Internally from the president?” pressed Tapper.

“Exactly,” the ex-director replied. “I think the Founding Fathers … created a system of three co-equal branches of government, and a built-in system of checks and balances. And I feel as though that’s under assault and is eroding.”

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