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[FILE] Michael Morell served as the acting director of the CIA following the resignation of David Petraeus in 2012.

Michael Morell, former director of the CIA, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in a New York Times op-ed Friday, praising the former secretary of state’s qualifications and warning that GOP nominee Donald Trump “may well pose a threat to national security.”

Morell, a 33-year veteran of the CIA who led the agency from 2010-2013, said that while in the past he has “always been silent about my preference for president,” the high stakes of the 2016 election mean he can “no longer” withhold his opinion.

“On Nov. 8, I will vote for Hillary Clinton. Between now and then, I will do everything I can to ensure she is elected as our 45th president,” Morell wrote.

The former CIA chief said that “Donald J. Trump is not only unqualified for the job, but he may well pose a threat to our national security.”

“My training as an intelligence officer taught me to call it as I see it. This is what I did for the C.I.A. This is what I am doing now. Our nation will be much safer with Hillary Clinton as president.”

He wrote, “In sharp contrast to Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump has no experience on national security. Even more important, the character traits he has exhibited during the primary season suggest he would be a poor, even dangerous, commander in chief.”

Morell also suggested that Trump is being played by Russian President Vladimir Putin, writing: “President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was a career intelligence officer, trained to identify vulnerabilities in an individual and to exploit them. That is exactly what he did early in the primaries. Mr. Putin played upon Mr. Trump’s vulnerabilities by complimenting him. He responded just as Mr. Putin had calculated.”

“In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation,” Morell said.

Morell hailed Clinton for being “prepared, detail-oriented, thoughtful, inquisitive, and willing to change her mind if presented with a compelling argument,” citing his time working with her when she was secretary of state. “I never saw her bring politics into the Situation Room,” he wrote.


  • Norell

    To think that this moron was head of the CIA is really scary. Obaha and Clinton are the worst thing that ever happened to this country. If we don’t stop the muslam invasion and the socialism that these 2 are trying to lay on this country. we will look like Venezuela in 10 to 20 years. We the people are the ones that feel the impact of the power hungry monsters. These are not your John Kennedy, democrats . These 2 and many more have sold out to Saudi Arabia. There goal is a world government. We are pawns in a rich mans game and we have to stop it.

  • ANDY G

    What a fn idiot, you would think he would know that clinton is and has been a threat to national security. O well that is why he is x-cia chief, he is a dumb idot.

  • Hillary kills anyone in her way...

    LOL he’s only saying that because he doesn’t want to end up another suspicious “Suicide” compliments of Hillary and her assassin thug mobsters. ROTFL

  • Opinion8d

    Yeah, I read what he had to say. Was he this outspoken when Obama was running for President? What experience did Obama have that would qualify him to lead the country? His claim about the Russian influence is what discredited him for me as well as the fact that after what Hillary did with Benghazi and her email server. If he can’t find those actions extremely dangerous for the US, and yet make judgements about Trump without ever meeting him, shows it’s all politically motivated.

  • polymorph

    This is yet another reason why Trump needs to be elected, we all know who the CIA is and if someone involved with them is supporting killery to be placed in as potus you know it’s bad.

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