Clapper: US institutions 'under assault' from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP ) - As President Donald Trump considers a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey, lawmakers are urging the president to steer clear of appointing any politicians. Comey was at the centre of said investigation and naturally, Trump firing him with the particular timing raised eyebrows. White House officials declined to comment.

France's Macron picks PM from the right, blowing apart old boundaries

France's Macron picks PM from the right, blowing apart old boundaries

The move is in line with Macron's oft-repeated view that the left-right divide in French politics is outdated, but may also be partly aimed at winning centre-right support ahead of June's parliamentary elections. And there is, of course, a third: The selection of Philippe, who will form a cabinet this Tuesday (though how long it is in place will depend on June's elections), and who may pull from more moderate parts of the center-right party.

Cyber Security James Clapper on Trump: US institutions are "under assault"

Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, responded to the president's tweets, saying that the White House briefings and press conferences "conducted in full view of our republic's citizens, is clearly in line with the spirit of the First Amendment".

Trump's pick for FBI director could come within days

Mediaite also pointed to an interesting bit of information in the Times that said , "Allies and former employees of Mr. Trump have long said that he taped some of his own phone calls, as well as meetings in Trump Tower". Clapper said America's founding fathers had created three equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now "eroding".