Bill Clinton’s CIA chief joins Trump campaign
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Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonOn The Money: Dems mark Trump tax returns as key part of agenda | Waters defends planned probe of Trump finances after GOP backlash | Reports: Trump mulls replacing Commerce chief Ross by end of year Dems mark Trump tax returns as key part of agenda After the hype: A ‘softer’ Trump, collegial Pelosi MORE’s former CIA chief, James Woolsey, will act as an adviser to Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to oust Nielsen as early as this week: report California wildfire becomes deadliest in state’s history Sinema’s Senate win cheered by LGBTQ groups MORE’s campaign. 

Woolsey, who served as director of the CIA from 1993 to 1995 and describes himself as a life-long Democrat, praised Trump’s commitment to ending defense budget cuts from sequestration. 

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He said he can’t support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSinema invokes McCain in Senate acceptance speech Sinema defeats McSally in Arizona Senate race Hillicon Valley: Social media struggles with new forms of misinformation | US, Russia decline to join pledge on fighting cybercrimes | Trump hits Comcast after antitrust complaint | Zuckerberg pressed to testify before global panel MORE because of the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server as secretary of State. 

“She demonstrated a complete lack of understanding and an inability to lead the agency she headed in such a way as to maintain its mission and security," Woolsey said in a statement. 

“Based on the emails thus far released we know that Secretary Clinton also lacks the ability to lead her senior managers while complying with and maintaining the basic protocols designed to protect our government’s sensitive and classified information. Mr. Trump understands the magnitude of the threats we face and is holding his cards close to the vest.” 

Trump and Clinton spent the last week rolling out endorsements from military officials and national security experts as they sought to burnish their commander in chief credentials. 

Trump has been bitten in the past by prominent former Republican military officials — most of whom come from the ranks of the two Bush administrations — who have thrown their support behind Clinton.