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Dozens of GOP ex-national security officials to form group to back Biden: report

Dozens of former U.S. national security officials from Republican administrations are reportedly forming a group to back former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in his race against President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE.

The group told Reuters that they plan to formally endorse Biden in the coming weeks, arguing that four more years of Trump is too much of a risk for national security. 

“Trump pals around with dictators. He’s a real danger,” an anonymous source reportedly said.  

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Sources told the wire service that the effort is being spearheaded by John Bellinger III and Ken Wainstein, who both held senior posts under former President George W. Bush. Wainstein served as Bush’s homeland security adviser and as chief of staff to former FBI Director Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE, who led the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The group also includes Robert Blackwill, who served as a foreign policy adviser under both George W. and George H.W. Bush. He was ambassador to India under the younger Bush.

The news comes the same day as former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonNSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order After insurrection: The national security implications McConnell won't reprise role as chief Trump defender MORE released his memoir that provides a deeply critical recollection of his time at the White House.

Bolton, who also served under Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush, writes that Trump committed impeachable offenses that House Democrats never investigated, including trying to persuade Chinese President Xi Jinping to buy large amounts of agricultural products to improve his reelection prospects in agricultural states.

Former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Pentagon watchdog to probe extremism in US military | FBI chief warns of 'online chatter' ahead of inauguration | House conservative bloc opposes Austin waiver Conservative caucus opposes waiver for Biden's Pentagon pick Overnight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee MORE and former Trump chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE — both retired generals — have recently criticized the president’s response to peaceful protesters. 

The president has described the growing number of “Never Trump" Republicans as “human scum" and has threatened to retaliate politically against those who oppose him.