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Former DNI Clapper says Russian Federation likely sees Comey's firing as "another victory"

15 May 2017

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) told ABC News on Sunday that he would "love" to have former FBI Director James Comey testify in a public hearing about his firing.

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

The former US attorney for New York's Southern District, who was sacked by President Donald Trump in March, called for both parties to team up and investigate the possibility of Russian interference in the election.

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Pressed by anchor Jake Tapper if he meant United States institutions were under assault internally from the President, Clapper responded, "Exactly". "What's unfolded now, here, the leader of the - the lead of the investigation about potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has been removed".

He feels the Founding Fathers' carefully constructed system is "under assault and is eroding".

"But the fact that the president made allusions to that - and then the White House would not confirm or deny it - is not anything that we've seen in recent days", Warner said.

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And on Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused to deny that Trump may have recorded his conversation with Comey. Trump's visible anger and erratic tweets prompted a reporter to ask Spicer on Friday if the president was "out of control".

While Clapper conceded that he does not know what was said at the dinner, he also said that he would find the president's recount of the night "very inconsistent with what I know of Jim Comey".

USA intelligence agencies have made clear their conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

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Trump and Comey had a private dinner in the White House on January 27 in which a source close to Comey said the President asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to pledge his loyalty, which Comey, who reportedly was taken aback by the request, refused to do.