Clapper pushes back on Trump: FBI is premiere law enforcement organization in world

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper early Monday pushed back on President Trump’s criticism of the FBI, saying the bureau "is the premier law enforcement organization" in the world.

“Apart from the ridiculous substance of the charge, the FBI is the premier law enforcement organization, not just in this country, but in the world,” Clapper told CNN’s “New Day.”

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“And it is not in 'tatters.' It is a superb organization with tremendous men and women who are dedicated, and many of whom put their lives on the line every day for the safety and security of this country.”

Trump slammed the bureau early Sunday, saying it’s “in tatters” due to the leadership of former Director James Comey, whom Trump fired in May. 

“After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History!” Trump tweeted. “But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.” 

Clapper, who oversaw the intelligence community under former President Obama and has been a prominent critic of Trump, said that Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill’s 12:30 Report — Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify | Kavanaugh denies allegations, says he’s willing to testify | 50 days from the midterms Ken Starr backs Mueller, says president 'must be held accountable' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil MORE and FBI Director Christopher Wray should address Trump’s criticism of the bureau.

“But regrettably, this is — this seems to be the common practice of President Trump,” said Clapper.