The CIA would consider the United States a "very corrupt government" if it were another country and "under the sway" of a leader like President Donald Trump, former CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday.
"We would look at it as a very corrupt government that is under the sway, right now, of this powerful individual who has been able to just corrupt the institutions and the laws of that country," Brennan told NBC News' "Meet the Press" anchor Chuck Todd, adding that Republicans are "running scared" of the president.
"I think it's no longer, you know, a democracy if an autocrat has it in his hands," said Brennan, now a senior national security analyst for NBC.
Brennan's comments came after Todd's interview with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., who on Sunday argued that there are people in the government, the former CIA director included, who have set up Trump where Ukraine is concerned. Johnson stressed that the president has "completely denied it, adamantly denied it, angrily denied" that he linked postponing military aid to Ukraine in exchange for information about Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
"Clearly, Sen. Johnson is running scared of Donald Trump, as are the other Republican senators," said Brennan, adding that they are "putty" in Trump's hands, Brennan added.
The CIA also would not classify the United States as a stable democracy at this point, Brennan said, as there is "tremendous political instability here," leaving the government "not able to take care of the issues that it needs to address, whether it be on the domestic front or the national security or the foreign-policy front."
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