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.”