By Steve Neavling
Lawmakers are pleading with President Trump to avoid appointing any politicians to replace FBI Director James Comey.
Trump has come under heavy criticism from Democrats, Republicans and intelligence community for firing Comey while he was investigating any connections between and Trump.
James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said Trump is “eroding” the three checks and balances created by the Founding Fathers.
“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,” Clapper said “I think as well our institutions are under assault internally.”
Graham is in favor of recruiting from within the FBI.
“It’s now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on Day 1,” said Graham, R-S.C.
“The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created,” Graham said, adding: “I have no evidence that the president colluded with the Russians at all … but we don’t know all the evidence yet.”