An expert on international terrorism, intelligence tradecraft and the use of torture is predicting that Trump’s potentially treasonous connections to Russia and the policies being put in place set the stage for a “scandal on an order of magnitude greater than anything that’s occurred in the 20th century.”
Malcolm Nance, a former U.S. government counterterrorism officer and intelligence expert, who is the author of the book, “The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election,” says in an interview with Salon that this is leading toward one of two outcomes – a major espionage scandal at the highest level of the Trump administration or a huge financial scandal.
“What’s occurring now is as close to Benedict Arnold as I think we’re ever going to get in American history,” says Nance. “It had better be because the only alternative to what we’re seeing with this information is, if it’s not espionage, then it will be the largest financial scandal in American history.”
Nance believes that what Trump and those around him are doing already borders on treason: “If we use the rhetorical definition of treason, the common vernacular definition of treason, and it turns out that anyone at any time in this campaign was aware of Russia’s operations, decided to use Russia’s operations and coordinate with Russia’s operations, that right there would be treason. That would be betraying the trust of your nation.”
Nance says that those around Trump have shown they have, “no sense of decency, no sense of living up to any of the traditions enacted over 240 years of this great nation growing.”
“They are the wrecking crew,” adds Nance, “and they don’t work for this nation. I really think their ideology is based on an ideology they got from Putin’s philosopher, Alexander Dugin, the man who believes that Western liberal democracy must be destroyed and a strongman authoritarianism [must] step into its place, and then you could reshape the world as you saw fit. That’s Hitler and Stalin talk.”
The result of this, says Nance, will be either the impeachment of Trump or, “the American system of government will split in two.
If that happens, Nance expects Trump supporters to use any means on his behalf, even violence: “There won’t be any arrests like there were in Russia with Pussy Riot. But people who support Trump will do all of that. They’ll come and attack you. They will silence you. There will be self-appointed groups of people and militias that will make it clear that Trump is God.”
Nance’s views provide a devastating vision for the future of the American republic. He is saying that what Trump and his administration are doing is not just a variation on how America has operated since its founding, as happens with a change of political parities in power, but a real danger to the form of democracy that we have come to rely on to keep us free from both internal and external threats.
He is unequivocal in his prediction that this can only lead to either impeachment or a form of civil war, both of which will shake the American system of governance to its very roots.