On Thursday, Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez scorched President Donald Trump on CNN for his complete abandonment of his role as the nation’s protector in the face of cyber warfare from Russia.
“What we saw in the 2016 election, a foreign adversary — and not just any foreign adversary, our fiercest foreign adversary — attempted to interfere with our election, to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton,” Perez told “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota, noting that then-DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the time asked then RNC chairman Reince Priebus to make a mutual agreement to refrain from using stolen data.
“Then you see the reporting in yesterday’s news about the former Homeland Security secretary, who expressed concerns about this happening again, and was told, ‘you can’t say that in front of Donald Trump,'” Perez continued.
“We are at war right now,” said Perez. “It is a cyber war. Unfortunately, because our commander in chief is compromised, the federal government is asleep at the switch, and that is why the DNC and others at the Democratic Party ecosystem are working tirelessly to protect our data … we can’t expect help from this administration.”
“If someone calls you and tells you, ‘I’m gonna rob a bank,’ your response should be, ‘I’m calling the authorities,'” said Perez. “When the Russians called Donald Trump and said, ‘I’ve got dirt on Hillary Clinton,’ they should have called the authorities. Instead they said, ‘tell us what you’ve got.’ That’s not right. And what we’re saying is, we need to restore the basic institutions of our democracy.”
“We are at war right now. It is a cyber war. Unfortunately, because our commander in chief is compromised, the federal government is asleep at the switch,” DNC Chairman @TomPerez says about President Trump and the potential for future election interference https://t.co/T3KTkzuYYj pic.twitter.com/WdtOvsYg2P
— New Day (@NewDay) April 25, 2019
We’ve been living in ‘Game of Thrones’: Ex-CIA official blasts Trump for trying to crush whistleblower
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former CIA Counterterrorism Center Deputy Director Philip Mudd laid into President Donald Trump over his administration's efforts to quash a whistleblower with sensitive information on a promise Trump allegedly made to a foreign leader.
"You watch Game of Thrones on TV ... In the past 24 hours I feel look we've lived it," said Mudd. "Let me give you a take — I'm not sure of any side except the White House is wrong here. The inspector general says, I have something so egregious that I need to act on it, even if it includes activities of the White House. You have the acting DNI saying, that might be egregious activity but if it's White House personnel they don't work for me. I'm supposed to report on people who work for me and activities that might be inappropriate among my employees. Why am I responsible to reporting to Congress on somebody at the White House who is not my employee? I'm not sure anybody is wrong here. Both may be right. The person in the middle, I think, is the president and I think it's going to come out."
White House limiting staff access to Trump’s phone calls to prevent future whistleblowers: CNN
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported that President Donald Trump has grown furious about the state of White House leaks, and his officials are working to keep as many people in the administration as possible shut out from his phone calls with foreign leaders — precisely to avoid situations like the exploding DNI whistleblower scandal.
"As for the whistleblower complaint that's being kept from Congress, a senior administration official tells CNN as these leaks from these calls have angered Trump, top officials in the West Wing began to limit who could listen in on these conversations so as to tighten the circle of people in the know and what the president has been discussing in some of these phone calls with foreign leaders," said Acosta.
Even CNN’s Republican commentator agrees foreign leaders in his call list ‘is not great’ for Trump
President Donald Trump has found himself embroiled in yet another scandal as his Justice Department is muzzling a whistleblower who raised important concerns about a call between the president and a foreign leader. According to the complaint, the conversation between Trump and the leader was so concerning that it prompted a rare complaint to the inspector general by an intelligence officer.
During a CNN panel discussion, even the Republican commentator agreed that it doesn't look good for Trump. The list of leaders that Trump contacted during the time of this complaint were, Vladimir Putin (Russia), Kim Jong Un (North Korea), Imran Khan (Pakistan), Mark Rutte (Netherlands) and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (Qatar).