Sen. Lindsey Graham to President Trump: Stop Tweeting About the Russia Investigation

The former director of national intelligence says that in many ways, American political institutions are "under assault" today - by Russian Federation from the outside and President Donald Trump from the inside.

"No, no I didn't, but I don't think it would be a bad question to ask", he said.

Asked about the president's tweet at a press briefing Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to elaborate.

Because he is firing the checks and balances?

Clapper said that he believes that the system of checks and balances "is under assault and eroding".

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He also said Mr. Comey should testify before Congress to clear the air on his firing. While 36 percent of independents disapprove of the firing, 42 percent said they had no opinion one way or another, higher than the overall 32 percent of Americans who didn't have anything to say on the matter. And while 61% of respondents said Trump's decision did not change their opinion of the president, 30% of respondents said they had a less favorable impression of Trump now, versus just 6% who said they had a more favorable view.

The FBI director serves a 10-year term but can be replaced by the president. John Cornyn of Texas.

Schiff added that the next FBI director to lead the investigation will need to have "absolute integrity and independence" noting it should be someone "non-political".

Rogers, an ex-FBI agent and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has drawn the backing of the FBI Agents Association. Sessions recused himself from involvement in the Russian election probe after failing to disclose 2016 contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

While Washington is still reeling about President Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, the majority of his supporters think it was a good call.

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So far 14 people have emerged as candidates.

Deputy FBI Director Andy McCabe will take over the agency temporarily as acting director, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told FBI employees Tuesday in a message obtained by NBC News.

Those interviewed for the job include Sen.

The others are Alice Fisher, a white-collar defense lawyer who previously led the Justice Department's criminal division, and Michael J. Garcia, a judge on the New York State Court of Appeals who previously served as the US attorney for the Southern District of New York.

When asked if he meant if those institutions were "under assault" internally by the president himself, Clapper said "exactly" and added that he believed Trump was undermining the checks and balances inherent to the US political system.

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White House officials have named several possible candidates, including the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Andrew McCabe; Republican Senator John Cornyn, and Judge Michael Garcia of the New York Appeals Court. The FBI has never been led by a woman.

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