Former CIA counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd explained on CNN the connection between the Stormy Daniels allegations against President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
"Is there potentially a national security issue at stake here?" anchor Wolf Blitzer asked.
"I don't think there is on the U.S. side," Mudd replied. "Look, we knew the president was sleazy when we elected him."
However, Mudd reminded that it could suggest areas of compromise that could have national security implications.
"Did the president ever do anything overseas, and particularly in Russia, that would be embarrassing and that he'd like to hide," the CNN counterterrorism analyst wondered. "That takes you back to the infamous Steele Dossier, Wolf, that information collected by a former British intelligence officer about some of the allegations about the president's activities in Moscow with women there."
"If that turns out to be true -- and I think we have information that suggests the FBI has corroborated some of that -- I could see a national security implication," Mudd concluded. "But for Stormy Daniels, that one's out in the open, I don't see how you can blackmail someone for something that's public knowledge."