Appearing on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show, intelligence and national security commentator Malcolm Nance said this morning that Donald Trump is “pushing this nation to a constitutional crisis of unprecedented magnitude.” Nance accused Trump of working “in the interest of a hostile nation and supporting, to a certain extent, a hostile intelligence service.”

Nance was reacting to Trump’s reluctance to give a full-throated acceptance of the views of the US intelligence community regarding Russian hacking. Nance predicted that Trump will attempt a cover-up and will “gut” the intelligence agencies.

Charging the President-elect with working “in the interest of a hostile nation” and attempting a cover-up certainly sounds like an accusation of high crimes and misdemeanors, as suggested by his view that we are moving to an unprecedented constitutional crisis. Guess the honeymoon ended early!

MALCOLM NANCE: When Donald Trump made his statement on July 27th of last year where he asked for Russia to hack Hillary Clinton and release her emails, at that point he went from being an unwitting useful idiot to Russia to actually believing that they were working in his, in his favor. And to admit that now in the face of all the evidence, he would believe that this would delegitimize his presidency.

So he’s going to fight to the end to not allow this to become a narrative. I suspect in two weeks he’s going to attempt to cover this all up and even gut the intelligence community. Where he is going is he’s pushing this nation to a constitutional crisis of unprecedented magnitude, because no one has ever worked in the interest of a hostile nation and supporting, to a certain extent, a hostile intelligence service.