Former chief of staff to Colin Powell: Trump administration ‘like a mafia family’

Lawrence Wilkerson told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that the nature of the Trump administration is “like a mafia family,” in regards to former FBI Director James Comey’s prepared testimony for Thursday’s Senate hearings.

Comey’s written statement suggested that Trump had asked him for an oath of loyalty, amid the ongoing FBI investigation into possible involvement of the Trump campaign in Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The former chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell said that Comey’s statements read like “someone from the outside with some integrity commenting on the nature of a mafia family.”


“That’s essentially the way I view President Trump now, as the Godfather,” Wilkerson added. “As the member that orchestrates everything within his team and expects loyalty, honest or otherwise.”

Wilkerson stated that the ongoing investigation makes him “deeply concerned for the integrity of the White House, the integrity of our institutional process, and ultimately, the danger it presents to this country.”

Wilkerson is a retired U.S. Army colonel.