Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in an interview on CNN on Sunday that he thinks US institutions are under assault. "I think in many ways our institutions are under assault both externally -- and that's the big news here is the Russian interference in our election system -- and I think as well our institutions are under assault internally."
Clapper called on the other branches of the federal government to step up in their roles as a check on the executive. Clapper also said Sunday that the President and the White House are wrong to cite Clapper's previous Senate testimony on the questions about alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. That his “standard practice” as the leader of the intelligence community during the Obama administration was to defer to the FBI on any counterintelligence investigations. He also touched on the Comey/Trump dinner, saying "He [Comey] mentioned to me the invitation he had from the President for dinner," Clapper said. "He was -- my characterization -- uneasy with it both from the standpoint of the optic of compromising his independence and the independence of the FBI."