Democratic Party chief: Trump is 'compromised'

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said Thursday morning that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE is “compromised” in the “cyber war” with Russia.

“We are at war now. It is a cyber war,” Perez said CNN’s "New Day." “Unfortunately, because our commander in chief is compromised, the federal government is asleep at the switch. … We can’t expect help from the administration.”

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Perez also noted the DNC’s pledge not to make use of stolen or hacked material in 2020, which he has asked the Republican National Committee to support.

Asked by host Alisyn Camerota if Democrats would continue to adhere to the pledge even if materials like Trump’s tax returns were exposed through hacking, Perez insisted Democrats would obtain those materials through congressional subpoena power. Trump is currently resisting requests for his tax returns from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealRepublicans attempt to amend retirement savings bill to include anti-BDS language House votes to boost retirement savings Steyer plans impeachment push targeting Democrats over recess MORE (D-Mass.) and said Wednesday that he will fight “all the subpoenas.”

“What we are seeing is we need to restore the basic institutions of our democracy,” Perez said on Thursday. “The Homeland Security secretary wasn’t even allowed to bring it up,” he added, apparently referring to a report Wednesday that former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenCongressional Hispanic Caucus demands answers on death of migrant children Trump expected to tap Cuccinelli for new immigration post Kobach gave list of demands to White House for 'immigration czar' job: report MORE was warned not to discuss Russia's election interference with Trump. Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Judge rules banks can give Trump records to House | Mnuchin pegs debt ceiling deadline as 'late summer' | Democrats see momentum in Trump tax return fight | House rebukes Trump changes to consumer agency House rebukes Mulvaney's efforts to rein in consumer bureau The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE reportedly told Nielsen that Russia's election meddling “wasn’t a great subject and should be kept below [the president's] level."

Perez told Camerota that the DNC is taking further steps to bolster cybersecurity measures ahead of the 2020 election. During the lead-up to the 2016 election, WikiLeaks released hacked emails from the DNC and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE's campaign chairman, John Podesta.