On Thursday, former CIA officer Phil Mudd said that Russia is using detained American Paul Whelan as a pawn.
While interviewing with CNN host Wolf Blitzer, Mudd said that Russia is detaining Whelan as a “set up” to free Russian citizen Maria Butina who was charged with conspiracy.
“You don’t need to be an expert. This is a setup. I don’t think this individual is a serious player… This is not a serious spy game,” Mudd said.
“Would you hire this guy?” Blitzer asked.
“Hell no. Did you look at his background? Not in my lifetime. You’ll see indications that anybody in my business would look at him and say no way on God’s green earth am I bringing this guy into security service,” Mudd said.
“He was discharged for larceny,” Blitzer added.
“I didn’t say it, you did. He had bad conduct,” Mudd said.
Watch the clip below via CNN.
LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."
Here are some of the videos of the scene:
A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020
Here’s how Mitch McConnell could lose his leverage to replace Ginsburg after November
WATCH: Trump reveals how he can manipulate Democrats to help him put Ted Cruz on the Supreme Court
President Donald Trump spoke about his plans for the Supreme Court during a Friday night campaign rally in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Trump took the stage before news was announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died and appeared to not know of the Supreme Court vacancy.
Trump explained to his audience why he had put Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his shortlist for a Supreme Court nomination.
“I said, you know, I have to have someone that we’re going sure we get approved and the only one I could think of is Ted, because he’s going to get 50 Republican votes and he’s going to get 50 Democrat votes — they’ll do anything to get him out of the Senate," Trump said.