Clapper: Trump’s tweet is a ’disturbing assault’ on DOJ independence

Clapper: Trump’s tweet is a ’disturbing assault’ on DOJ independence
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Former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperIs America ready to return to the Obama-Biden foreign policy? Why the Nobel Prize shows the US and China need to work together on gene editing Trump suggests Gold Star families could have infected him MORE said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE’s call for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate whether or not the FBI conducted surveillance on his campaign was a "disturbing assault" on DOJ's independence.

Clapper, an appointee of President Obama's, argued Trump was effectively trying to make Justice an arm of the White House.

“I think that’s actually a very disturbing assault on the independence of the Department of Justice,” Clapper told CNN’s “New Day.” 


“And I think when the president — this president or any president — tries to use the Department of Justice as a kind of private investigatory body, that’s not good for the country.” 

The Justice Department on Sunday night said it asked the inspector general to probe whether or not the FBI conducted surveillance on the Trump campaign for "inappropriate purposes,” a move that followed Trump’s tweet calling for Justice to look into the matter.

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Clapper criticized Trump for what he described as “politicizing” the FBI’s activities.

“This is not about spying on his campaign,” Clapper told CNN. “It’s about what the Russians are doing. Were they attempted to infiltrate the campaign?”