President Trump said Saturday that he is prepared to quickly decide a pick for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director, as the administration looked to move beyond the Washington hysteria over the firing of James B. Comey.
Clapper said America's founding fathers had created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now "under assault and is eroding". "I think as well our institutions are under assault internally".
Clapper spoke following Trump's sudden firing of Comey last week, which drew sharp criticism because it came amid the FBI's probe into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign.
The White House had no immediate comment on Clapper's remarks on a morning in which no White House aide appeared on the Sunday news shows to discuss Trump's firing.
Trump tweeted Friday that "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" He dismissed as less desirable at least two of the 14 candidates under consideration by Trump, former Rep. Mike Rogers of MI and Sen.
Cornyn, the number two Republican in the Senate, served as Texas attorney general before his election to the Senate in 2002.
Lee made a counterintuitive suggestion meant to draw bipartisan support: Merrick Garland, the judge nominated a year ago by former president Barack Obama to the Supreme Court but never given a hearing by the Republican-controlled Senate.
If anyone attempts to interfere with or block the investigation, Schumer said, "you need somebody who is going to stand up". Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the choice should be "certainly somebody not of a partisan background, certainly somebody of great experience and certainly somebody of courage".
Justice Department officials began interviewing candidates on Saturday to replace fired FBI Director James Comey.
A briefing was nevertheless held Friday, and spokesman Sean Spicer pushed back against charges that the Republican billionaire president had threatened Comey. "So we can make a fast decision".
The Trump administration is looking to fill the job, which requires Senate confirmation, after Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday. However, Lee gave Trump the benefit of the doubt, saying that "as far as I'm aware, he is fully cooperating and he is willing and eager to see this investigation" through.
After four months in office, President Donald Trump has become distrustful of some of his White House staff, heavily reliant on a handful of family members and longtime aides, and furious that the White House's attempts to quell the firestorm over the FBI and congressional Russian Federation investigations only seem to add more fuel.
Amid the turmoil, numerous bureau's 13,000 agents are simply trying to keep their heads down and move past this week's events with hopes of getting a new director in place as quickly as possible.
"I also support Senator Durbin's call for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to resign if he is unwilling to appoint a special counsel", she said.
The Washington Examiner reported there are four candidates being considered by the Justice Department for the top spot at the FBI: "Four candidates are reportedly being considered by the Justice Department: Sen".
The association has already made known its choice for a new director: Mike Rogers, the former agent and Michigan Republican congressman.
Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court.
Garcia, a former NY prosecutor, held high-level positions in the Commerce Department, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
One law enforcement source said Comey's actions were sometimes the subject of debate among agents, but most respected him as a leader and believed that "his decisions were made with good intentions".
Sessions has faced questions over whether his involvement in Comey's firing violates his pledge to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the election. Ms Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division.