Podesta: Trump ‘first draft dodger’ in war to protect democracy

Podesta: Trump ‘first draft dodger’ in war to protect democracy
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Former Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE campaign chairman John Podesta said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE is “the first draft dodger” in what he described as an information war.

“But I think what the real issue is, is how he's reacted to that," Podesta told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” referring to how Trump has responded to Russia’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 election. 

"And in that context, if we’re — if this is information warfare, then I think he's the first draft dodger in the war,” he continued.

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Podesta said Trump has tried to “undermine” special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s probe into Russia’s attempts to meddle in the election and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and Moscow.

“We learned this week, he's ordered no effort to try to get the intelligence community to get together to try to prevent further activities in the 2018 election,” Podesta said.

The former Clinton campaign chairman said Trump has “failed” in protecting American democracy.

Trump greeted Mueller's indictment last week of multiple Russians accused of attempted election interference as a success. 

"[I]t is more important than ever before to come together as Americans," Trump said Friday in a statement addressing the latest developments in Mueller's investigation. "We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful. It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions. We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections.”