GOP Strategist: Trump Is Complicit In An Act Of War Against The United States
Republican strategist Steve Schmidt blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday for his response to learning about an intelligence briefing delivered to the House Intelligence Committee last week, saying that Trump is again “abusing his power.”
Trump reportedly was furious upon hearing that the committee — particularly Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) — was told that Russia is looking to interfere in the 2020 election to help keep Trump in office. Afterward, he removed acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, whose office gave the briefing, and replaced him with a new acting director who has displayed greater loyalty to the president but has virtually no intelligence experience.
This behavior is alarming, Schmidt told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.
“I think we’re in a very serious place right now, Chris, since his [Trump’s] acquittal by the Senate, ” Schmidt said. “Donald Trump has been unrestrained with his abuse of power. He is eviscerating the rule of law with his constant interference with the Department of Justice, he appointed a political crony, someone with no experience, someone who is clearly not qualified, not competent to the task of being the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the country.”
“What this is is an attack on the USA by a hostile foreign power, an attack on our elections,” he added. “An attack on our elections, on the sovereignty of the American people to pick their leaders is tantamount to an act of war and to see the president complicit with it, is as grave as abuse of power coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”