David Cay Johnston, an investigative reporter who has written extensively about President Donald Trump’s finances, told CNN on Monday that Democrats in the House of Representatives will find a treasure trove of evidence that the president is a criminal.
When asked by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota about the importance of obtaining the president’s tax returns, Johnston said that those records would only be the first of many avenues Democrats could use to probe Trump’s finances.
“The tax returns are the beginning point to look at Trump’s connections,” Johnston explained. “But in addition to that, wire transfers are all searchable. Every single transaction where Saudi money, Russian money, any other dubious transactions took place, those can all be found and identified.”
Johnston then recounted some of the past financial shenanigans that the president had engaged in dating back to the 1980s — and he said overturning just a few stones should be enough to show Trump has regularly broken the law.
“We’re going to absolutely see that Donald has done things that are illegal,” he said. “Remember, this is a man whose own tax lawyer — when Donald had one of his civil trials for income tax fraud — testified, ‘That’s my signature but neither I nor my firm prepared that tax return.’ Somebody who will go that far in committing fraud is undoubtedly going to be uncovered in this investigations.”
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CNN’s John Avlon slams Bill Barr’s lifelong career of ‘radical’ hypocrisy
On Wednesday, CNN fact-checker John Avlon laid into Attorney General William Barr's agenda, breaking down his history as a hardcore partisan who adopts whatever beliefs are necessary to silence the left.
"Ten months into his tenure it's clear Bill Barr is one of the most radical and partisan attorney generals in American history," said Avlon. "In statement after statement, Barr seems to show he believes the attorney general should function as the president's personal lawyer. He cut a critical sentence and a half, hiding the first part that said Russia worked to secure a Trump presidency and the campaign expected it would benefit from their interference. On Monday, after Barr's own inspector general concluded there was no spying on the Trump campaign, Barr slammed the report on the president's behalf."
CNN’s Cuomo smacks down GOP congressman for claiming Democrats have no impeachable offense on Trump
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) tried to claim that Democrats had no impeachable offenses against Trump — and anchor Chris Cuomo promptly fact-checked him.
"I still ask that question, what was the impeachable offense?" said Mullin. "They started with quid pro quo, moved to bribery and when the articles of impeachment came out, they say it's high crimes and misdemeanors. From day one they have been in search of a crime. They've been trying to explain to the American people why they're impeaching a duly elected president. Underneath the past impeachments it was very clear. Clinton committed perjury. Andrew Johnson, he removed the Secretary of War illegally and Nixon broke into the DNC. Those are impeachable offenses. I ask the question—"
Trump and Barr’s attacks could chill the FBI from investigating future election crimes: Ex-FBI counsel
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former FBI general counsel James Baker warned that President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr's attempts to smear and discredit the FBI — even in the face of an inspector general report broadly exonerating their investigation of Russia — could lead to FBI agents steering away from investigations of future election interference.
"I think it sends a terrible message," said Baker. "The president's statements, I think in his tweet, whenever it was, about Director Wray — I mean, the FBI is not a 'broken' organization. It is not and has not been. It's a tremendous organization. It's out there every day defending America. So the American people should rest assured that the FBI is there, doing its job. It's protecting all of us."