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Trump ‘Thinks He is a King,’ Barr, McConnell and Giuliani Corrupted by Power and Ego—Former Top FBI Official

President Donald Trump is a risk to U.S. democracy and a person who abuses energy and behaves as if he’s king, a former high FBI official has mentioned.

Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant director for counterintelligence on the FBI, made the feedback on The Mike Lupica Podcast on Thursday whereas attempting to sound the alarm concerning the present state of affairs.

He mentioned that very quickly in historical past has a president so overtly dismissed the opposite branches of U.S. authorities—by repeatedly ignoring subpoena requests required for oversight, for instance—and that the House and Senate have greater than sufficient proof to question.

“We don’t have three branches of equal government right now,” Figliuzzi mentioned.
“We have a supreme executive president who thinks he’s a king.”

Figliuzzi’s feedback observe the sending of an eight-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, informing Pelosi that the White House won’t cooperate with impeachment proceedings.

The former FBI particular agent mentioned such assaults on U.S. democracy should not be accepted, including that the choice would depart the nation irrevocably modified.

“We are that proverbial frog in the simmering pot of water,” Figliuzzi mentioned. “We do not essentially perceive that this pot is heating as much as the purpose that’s going to kill us, on this case kill our democracy or not less than our type of democracy.

“The temperature is approaching the boiling level with regard to our democracy and we both decrease the temperature or soar out of the pot. The means that is headed is that we’re both going to have one other president quickly or we’re going to have one other type of democracy. We are actually watching our democracy change in entrance of our eyes.”

Trump 'Thinks He is a King,' Barr, McConnell and Giuliani Corrupted by Power and Ego—Former Top FBI Official
President Donald Trump listens throughout a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony on Tuesday. Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant director for counterintelligence on the FBI, mentioned he believes Trump is a risk to American democracy. Getty

Figliuzzi additionally spoke about a variety of Trump allies, appointees and associates—equivalent to Attorney General William Barr, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump’s private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani—stating that he believes they didn’t begin out as corrupt people, however grew to become corrupted by extreme energy and the dearth of accountability.

“I’m a scholar of management and I spent a portion of my profession within the FBI in inside affairs and the workplace {of professional} duty,” Figliuzzi said. “I used to be in the end appointed the chief inspector of the FBI.

Trump 'Thinks He is a King,' Barr, McConnell and Giuliani Corrupted by Power and Ego—Former Top FBI Official
Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant director for counterintelligence on the FBI. FBI

“So I studied this idea of when respectable individuals go south by way of integrity and ethics, and whether or not they even had these ethics to start with.

“I consider that Giuliani, who devoted his profession to legislation enforcement, who was a U.S. legal professional, assistant legal professional common, I do not assume this man began out corrupt. But these individuals you simply talked about [Barr, McConnell, Giuliani among others], sooner or later, they lose their core values.

“The basis and rules simply erode and I’m fascinated by the method through which that happens.

“Power does corrupt. No query. Ego, powers are killers and you have to have individuals round you that you simply’re accountable to and there is no accountability [in this government].”

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