Trump return to White House 'would be a disaster' for US intelligence: Former DHS whistleblower

Former senior Department of Homeland Security official Brian Murphy appeared on ABC's 'This Week.'

9/26/2021 10:41:00 PM

A former senior DHS official who once accused the Trump administration of politicizing intelligence said that a return of Pres. Donald Trump to the White House in 2024 'would be a disaster' for the U.S. intelligence community.

Former senior Department of Homeland Security official Brian Murphy appeared on ABC's 'This Week.'

George Stephanopoulos interviews Brian Murphy, the former DHS acting under secretary for intelligence, on"This Week."C-Spanaccused the Trump administration of politicizing intelligencesaid Sunday that a return of President Donald Trump to the White House in 2024"would be a disaster" for the U.S. intelligence community.

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"(Former President Trump) has denigrated the intelligence community, he puts out disinformation -- and that's an existential threat to democracy and he is one of the best at putting it out and hurting this country," Brian Murphy, who once led the DHS intelligence branch, said Sunday in an exclusive interview on ABC's"This Week" with George Stephanopoulos.

Murphy, a long-time federal law enforcement official, made headlines last year after filing a whistleblower complaint accusing Trump-appointed leaders of politicizing intelligence by withholding or downplaying threats that ran counter to Trump's political messages.

MORE: Whistleblower details alleged politicization of intelligence at DHSThe 24-page complaint, filed in September 2020, named former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and former acting Secretary Chad Wolf as trying to"censor or manipulate" intelligence bulletins related to Russian meddling in the presidential election and the threat of domestic white supremacist groups.

"I became a whistleblower because when I arrived at DHS in 2018, from the outset, everything that I had stood for -- you know, finding objective truth when I was in the FBI and serving in the Marines and serving the American public -- was quickly told to me that's no longer acceptable," Murphy said Sunday.

In his complaint, Murphy further accused Nielsen, Wolf and other top officials of scrambling to gather and prepare intelligence reports that aligned with Trump's public remarks in the months leading up to the 2020 election."There was intense pressure to try to take intelligence and fit a political narrative," Murphy said Sunday."When I got to DHS, it was all about politics."

C-SpanBrian Murphy, Principal Deputy Undersecretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis in the Department of Homeland Security, testifies on the rise of domestic terrorism before the House Committee in Washington, May 8, 2019.In one instance, Murphy wrote in his complaint that he was"instructed" by Wolf"to cease providing intelligence assessments on the threat of Russian interference in the United States, and instead start reporting on interference activities by China and Iran."

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Doesn’t the 9/11 failure, the Iraq WMD hoax, the overnight Afghanistan collapse, and the Trump-Russia collusion fiction concocted by Hillary Clinton prove that our intelligence community is a complete joke? They despise Trump for exposing their utter incompetence. Agree!!! Certainly can’t get worse, we have Biden 😂.

I just saw the interview; it was all about lying for Trump not look “bad” despite endangering the US security. Totally outrageous. 🥲 ABDOLUTELY & he shouldn't be allowed to run. They need to find a CONVICTION on a FELONY CRIMINAL offense please. DUMP TRUMP! Really doesn’t matter what he thinks !! Would be a disaster for the entire world.

Would it be worse than the damage the FBI already did to itself? You people better listen to what this man is saying or you'll be part of putinism Ya think 🙄

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Excuse me we are out of Afganistan and Trup lost his re-election. Can we move on to the future of the US and stop focusing on the past? It is after all past. It would be a disaster for every institution and citizen in the USA. The vengeance would put Vladimir Putin to shame. It'd be a goddamned disaster for everything.

No, a disaster is what is in the white house now! Intelligents is realative. A return of trump will destroy our Country!! Yes, PLEASE get Trump back in here!!!!! This is the worst debacle I’ve ever seen a democratic president cause in such a short time in my life! All of you voted for this current idiot and knew he wasn’t the right choice, but at least the mean tweets stopped.

It would be a disaster for the entire globe. Not just the intelligence community. Uhhh it’s a complete disaster right now. We need trump back immediately

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And notice the word former, which is why he’s saying it Right because he requires intelligence, where liberals require no intelligence at all Our 'intelligence agencies' are all corrupt to the core! They are for hire to the highest bidder. Running scared already. Nice! this isn’t news ….you’re reporting an opinion …ill go ahead and give you mine …Whataburger is better than In and Out Burger

Yah well it certainly would put the real crooks on notice Cause most of em would be going to prison !! LoL I am NOT a Trump supporter but seems to me there's been little recent evidence of actual intelligence in 'US intelligence' - Afganistan withdrawal, strike on NGO... Worry not. As dopey as the RNC is, they won't nominate a long term resident of an NY prison.

In addition to the egregiousness and danger of Trump politicizing intelligence—which he did and would do again if he regains power—it's insane for Americans to even consider putting that lunatic in control of the US nuclear arsenal. Next time, he'd use it. End of life on earth.

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Almost as bad as their failure regarding the Afghanistan collapse? Donald Trump is still my President. I recognize no other. WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS STOP! 😱 The key to me is being different not for the sake of being different, but being the most authentic version of what you do. Read more at With all the dirty tricks they played to win I truly believe Hilary won that election . They can't win anything fair and with integrity .

Any more predictions on the Ouija board? 🧙‍♂️

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The swamp is talking Of course! This is the reason for the American people to re-instate President Trump! By then he will have updated info about all the wrong activities of the FBI that the Dhuram Report will have discovered that he will have to PURGE most of the people working at the FBI, the CIA Would be a disaster for intelligence in general.

No democrats are a disaster A former DHS official...hmmm It would be a disaster for peoples intelligence in general …and a disaster for any other reasonably functional community as well. The US intelligence community is no so intelligent. Why intelligence community didn't ****** the disaster withdrawal ? We all know in this country the political establishment can BLOCK the ascension of any particular person to the Oval Off. So why arent the incognito powers that be marshaling forces to prevent a man so intrinsically unfit & worthless as Trump from a 2nd term? GOP Thedemocrats

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Everyone knows this Because all the corrupted would be found, fired, and prosecuted? Trump is an affront to intelligence and would continue to be a disaster for the entire world Of course it would, Trump won't make the same mistake twice, he will purge the FBI, CIA, and other agencies under the executive branch. The President sets policy, not beauocrats.

Just his name is a disaster. Now tell us something we don’t know. 🥱 The swamp talks. How much are the democrats paying him? Sharon11609729 The fascisist Hitler , Goebbels , Göring. They're back but with new names Trump, Bannon, Giuliani. How many disagree and why?

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On behalf of all Americans with average or above average intelligence, this is just stating it the obvious. Yessss!! Can be worse than the disaster we have now with Biden So you are saying that President Trump politicized the agency’s that tried to overthrow him from the moment he was elected? I would say that was done long ago.

NO SHIT, SHERLOCK N.S. Can you stop with Trump the only disaster in this country is call JOE BIDEN Interesting how many Americans are comfortable with Trump who clearly is mentally ill. It wouldn’t matter to the rest of us if Trump wouldnjust stick to screwing up America with his insanity & insecurities. Unfortunately, his actions spill over the US border & infect everywhere.