Trump 'Thinks He is a King,' Barr, McConnell and Giuliani Corrupted by Power and Ego—Former Top FBI Official

President Donald Trump is a threat to U.S. democracy and a man who abuses power and behaves as though he is king, a former top FBI official has said.

Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, made the comments on The Mike Lupica Podcast on Thursday while trying to sound the alarm about the current state of affairs.

He said that in no time in history has a president so brazenly dismissed the other branches of U.S. government—by repeatedly ignoring subpoena requests required for oversight, for example—and that the House and Senate have more than enough evidence to impeach.

"We don't have three branches of equal government right now," Figliuzzi said.

"We have a supreme executive president who thinks he's a king."

Figliuzzi's comments follow the sending of an eight-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, informing Pelosi that the White House will not cooperate with impeachment proceedings.

The former FBI special agent said such attacks on U.S. democracy must not be accepted, adding that the alternative would leave the country irrevocably changed.

"We are that proverbial frog in the simmering pot of water," Figliuzzi said. "We don't necessarily understand that this pot is heating up to the point that is going to kill us, in this case kill our democracy or at least our form of democracy.

"The temperature is approaching the boiling point with regard to our democracy and we either lower the temperature or jump out of the pot. The way this is headed is that we're either going to have another president soon or we are going to have another form of democracy. We are literally watching our democracy change in front of our eyes."

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President Donald Trump listens during a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony on Tuesday. Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, said he believes Trump is a threat to American democracy. Getty

Figliuzzi also spoke about a number of Trump allies, appointees and associates—such as Attorney General William Barr, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani—stating that he believes they did not start out as corrupt individuals, but became corrupted by excessive power and the lack of accountability.

"I'm a student of leadership and I spent a portion of my career in the FBI in internal affairs and the office of professional responsibility," Figliuzzi said. "I was ultimately appointed the chief inspector of the FBI.

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Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI. FBI

"So I studied this concept of when decent people go south in terms of integrity and ethics, and whether they even had those ethics to begin with.

"I believe that Giuliani, who devoted his career to law enforcement, who was a U.S. attorney, assistant attorney general, I don't think this guy started out corrupt. But these people you just mentioned [Barr, McConnell, Giuliani among others], at some point, they lose their core values.

"The foundation and principles just erode and I'm fascinated by the process in which that occurs.

"Power does corrupt. No question. Ego, powers are killers and you've got to have people around you that you're accountable to and there's no accountability [in this government]."