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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 BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in his race against President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? 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 BoltonRepublicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Trump pushes back on Bolton poll Hillicon Valley: Facebook Oversight board to rule on Trump ban in 'coming weeks' | Russia blocks Biden Cabinet officials in retaliation for sanctions 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 MattisBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs 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.