Homeland security protected Trump by ignoring Putin and white supremacist risks, ex-insider says
A just retired An official from the Department of Homeland Security who filed a whistleblower complaint Last year he ticked off the dangerous ways Donald Trump “politicized” DHS and why it would be a “disaster” if he ever returned to the White House.
Brian Murphy said Trump is allied with Chad Wolf, then acting DHS chief, and his deputy Ken Cuccinelli downplayed the Kremlin’s support for Trump and his attempt to interfere in the 2020 election, as well as the growing danger of white supremacy in the United States.
At the same time, department officials have inflated issues along the Mexican border to support Trump’s message, added Murphy, a Republican who voted for Trump in 2016.
Murphy, who was Senior Assistant Deputy Secretary at DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis before quitting his job Friday, told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday that he was under “intense pressure” at work to “take information and tailoring a political narrative.
Rather than using real intelligence to keep the nation safe, administration officials demanded that the information be manipulated to improve Trump’s appearance and support his election campaign.
“When I got to DHS [in 2018], it was all about politics,Murphy noted. DHS was expected to lie about “anything that makes the president look bad,” Murphy told CNN on Monday.
Murphy said another Trump presidential run would be a “disaster.”
He’s “spreading disinformation, and it’s an existential threat to democracy, and he’s one of the best at spreading it and harming this country,” Murphy said.
Murphy filed a whistleblower complaint outlining his concerns a year ago. The ABC interview was the first time he spoke publicly about his complaint. He also spoke to CNN on Monday.
For the 2020 presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin endorsed efforts to “denigrate the Democratic candidatesIn order to help Trump, according to an intelligence report early last year, Murphy pointed out. Putin also authorized a campaign “undermining public confidence in the electoral process and exacerbating socio-political divisions in the United States.” – what Trump and his supporters are also doing.
DHS also fabricated the dangers along the southern U.S. border to fuel support for Trump’s border wall, Murphy said.
He said any discussion of the growing threat to white supremacy has become an avoided “third rail” at the Department of Homeland Security following the murder of counter-protester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, by a “Unite the Right” supporter who espoused neo-Nazi and supremacist beliefs.
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