MSNBC intelligence analyst Malcolm Nance explained how President Donald Trump is mimicking the political rise of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin by firing FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
"You know, I've been saying for some time that this White House is operating precisely as Vladimir Putin did when he rose to power," Nance explained on MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber. "Whenever he met an obstacle, he met a person who was in front of him who had power, he removed that power away from him."
"He didn't care what the results of that were," Nance observed.
"You know, I have joked from time to time that there's a rat in the White House, a Russian advisory team," he continued. "And that actually was a strategy that the Russians used against the CIA and the FBI -- discredit the leadership, make people not trust their word.
"Donald Trump has learned that lesson, he knows that there's two parts to this story," Nance suggested. "There is a legal side and he probably will be caught up in... the legal technicalities of obstruction of justice. But he's also playing this sort of worldwide professional wrestling side where he is playing to the crowd and he is trying to discredit the leadership of the FBI personally."
"He knows that at some point, they're going to be bought as witnesses and this is critical for him," Nance concluded.