President Donald Trump is in a vulnerable place with other countries heading into the November election, particularly with Russia, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, a leader in the "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into the president's 2016 campaign, is claiming.
"Without exaggeration, President Trump's vulnerabilities are exponentially greater than any president in modern history," Strzok, the author of a new book, "Compromised," told NBC News' Hallie Jackson in an interview airing on NBC's "Today" Monday.
He also said he thinks Trump is a national security threat, as Russia still has hidden leverage over him.
"I think when you look at President Trump and the efforts he is taking, he is fighting tooth and nail to prevent the release of his tax records," said Strzok. "There is something there he doesn't want out."
Strzok has often come under fire from Trump over the investigation and others over the series of texts he and former FBI attorney Lisa Page, with whom he'd been romantically involved, had sent. In the texts, Strzok had written that he believed Hillary Clinton should win the election and the two made vows that they'd stop Trump's election. The messages gave ammunition to Trump and others who said the agency was working against Trump, but Strzok pointed out that an independent investigator determined they'd done nothing wrong.
He told Jackson that he thinks it was a "miscarriage of justice" for the Department of Justice to move to dismiss charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and he attributes that to "improper political pressure from the White House and the Department of Justice."
Strzok, however, said that even though there are many who think his credibility is shot, that is not a reason not to listen to him.
"Listen to what I have to say. I guarantee you, whoever you are in America, you are not going to step away from that without a deep, deep concern about our president's reactions and relationship with the government of Russia," he said.
He also said that if he is subpoenaed as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee's probe, he will testify, Jackson reported.
White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern, in a statement to NBC News, said Strzok's account is "utter nonsense" and said independent counsel Robert Mueller and Congress "have found any wrongdoing by the President."
"Strzok is a joke, and his book isn't worth the paper it's printed on," said Morgenstern.
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