A former senior official in the Justice Department said on Monday that President Donald Trump is a “clear and present danger to the national security of the United States”, according to Newsweek.
Amid revelations of Trump's secretive relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, David Laufman—who formerly headed the DOJ’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section—told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC Monday night that Trump could no longer be trusted to protect the country.
After The Washington Post reported this weekend that Trump had confiscated his interpreter’s notes following his private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Laufman tweeted the article with a call to action: “Now is the time for all good men (and women) to come to the aid of their country.”
He told Maddow the article was a “tipping point” for him:
“I feel I have a moral obligation to speak up when I see action taken by the president or the members of the administration that—in my judgement—undermine the national security of the United States,” he said. “And the notion that the president of the United States would be trying to conceal the details of conversations with the leader of our principal foreign adversary was positively chilling.”
Laufman, who headed the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section from 2014 until his resignation in February 2018, said “there’s a culmination of things” to support his claim, including Trump’s “unbelievable acquiescence to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki”.
He also pointed to “all of the many things that you have read in the charging documents, people associated with the president.”
“All those to me point to a reasonable inference—and it’s a painful anguishing thing to acknowledge—that the president of the United States is a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States,” Laufman said.
The counterintelligence veteran called on American citizens to make their voices heard and apply mass pressure to Trump’s administration. “It is truly a call to arms, in a nonlethal-violent sense, to express as a people what we think about what is going on at the highest levels of government,” Laufman said. “Now is the time to do that.”