"And I think as well our ins titutions are under assault internally", he said.
Trump fired Comey last Tuesday.
CLAPPER: Well I think you know, the founding fathers a system of three coequal branches of government, and a built-in system of checks and balances, and I feel as though that's under assault and is eroding. According to NBC News's Ken Dilanian, a source close to Comey says he'd actually like it if there were tapes, saying "that would be ideal". That's slightly different than secretly recording people, although it's notable that while NY and Washington, D.C. require only one-party consent―only one side of the conversation must know and consent to being recorded for legal purposes―Florida law requires two-party consent.
Schiff said that what disturbed him most about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensetin's memo, suggesting to terminate Comey, was the fact it was addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.More news: Netflix starts blocking unlocked phones, app removed from the Play Store
He also said Sunday that Trump firing Comey was "very disturbing" and "unacceptable", while acknowledging he doesn't know exactly what the president was thinking.
"I have no evidence that the President colluded with the Russians at all", Graham said. "Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe said under oath this week, 'There's been no effort to impede our investigation to date.' I take him at his word". (The former would likely require legislation, which might need to be passed on a veto-proof majority.) They can do that now or in the future, depending on how well the Senate Intelligence Committee functions. John Cornyn of Texas.
Lee, however, insisted that Trump was not interfering with the investigation.More news: Trump Administration Expands Pro-Life Mexico City Policy
Since Comey's firing, current and former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have given alternative descriptions of a meeting between the president and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation head.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that the Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, needs Comey to appear before it to "clear the air".
Those interviewed for the job include Sen. Trump, who is scheduled to leave Friday on his first overseas trip as president, told reporters Saturday that it was possible he could announce his selection before then.
Department of Justice officials were holding interviews all weekend to fill Comey's spot.More news: Emma and Noah remain Social Security's most popular baby names for 2016
Also interviewed were: Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Michael J. Garcia, Senator John Cornyn of Texas, US District Judge Henry E. Hudson, Frances Townsend, a former Bush homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, former Representative Mike Rogers of MI.