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 TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? 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 NealOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Buttigieg targets Warren, Sanders on health care ahead of debate | Judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections | Poll sees support drop for 'Medicare for All' America's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act CBO: Pelosi bill to lower drug prices saves Medicare 5 billion 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 NielsenTrump says acting Homeland Security chief McAleenan will step down Activists to demonstrate at ICE headquarters after Cameroonian immigrant dies in custody Ex-Citizenship and Immigration Services chief returns to DHS in different role MORE was warned not to discuss Russia's election interference with Trump. Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyState Dept. official told to 'lay low' after voicing concerns about Giuliani: Dem lawmaker Democrats see John Bolton as potential star witness The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy 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 ClintonWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Poll: Warren leads Biden in Maine by 12 points MORE's campaign chairman, John Podesta.