Clapper’s Credibility Gap on ‘Eroding’ Faith in U.S. Institutions

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper suggested Sunday, during an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” that President Donald Trump is engaged in an “assault” on U.S. institutions. Clapper and “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper went back and forth over the dangers of the president “firing the checks and balances” that the Founding Fathers put in place. The former DNI director lamented that Trump ousted Comey while he was in the midst of conducting an investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s associates and the Russians to snatch the presidential election away from former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “There’s no saving an intelligence community that believes it can lie to the public and the legislators who need to be able to trust it and regulate its actions.” Yet Clapper himself once severely undermined the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies. The former director of national intelligence lied under oath about whether or not the National Security Agency was collecting

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