Former FBI agent Peter Strzok said Sunday that he believed President Donald Trump was 'compromised' by the Russians.
'I believed at the time in 2016 and I continue to believe that Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians,' Strzok told NBC's Chuck Todd on 'Meet the Press.' 'And when I say that I mean that they hold leverage over him that makes him incapable of placing the national interest, the national security ahead of his own.'
Former FBI agent Peter Strzok said Sunday he believes President Donald Trump is 'compromised' by the Russians
Peter Strzok (left) was one-half of the 'FBI lovers,' which also included his former mistress Lisa Page (right), a former FBI lawyer
The president has tried to use the text messages as evidence that the FBI's Russia probe was biased, as Strzok was - for a time - the most senior agent working on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
On 'Meet the Press,' Strzok, a Russia expert, explained that being compromised by a power 'takes a variety of forms.'
'One of the largest ways that people in foreign governments gain leverage, certainly in the case of the president, is through financial entanglements,' he said.
'And I think when you take a look at the Trump financial enterprise, particularly its relationship with Russian, with Russian monies and potentially those related to organized crime and other elements, that those interactions have placed him in a position where the Russians have leverage over him and are able to influence his actions,' the former agent continued.
Additionally, he pointed to Rudy Giuliani's travels to Ukraine in order to pressure the government there to investigate Hunter and Joe Biden, Trump's political rival.
Giuliani was working