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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Trump may look unstable now — but the economy is going to make him much worse: CNN’s April Ryan
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," analyst and American Urban Radio Network Washington bureau chief April Ryan walked through how President Donald Trump backed himself into a corner by trying to build his brand on a great economy — and is coming to pieces as a result.
"April, what are you hearing? Is the economy causing the president's erratic behavior?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.
"Yes, yes, and yes," said Ryan. "This president has been touting a great economy, and this is the cornerstone since I guess since the very beginning of his administration for people to feel that he should win re-election, that he is firmly planted for the American public and he's working for them," said Ryan. "But indicators, non-traditional indicators, are saying something different. He is having a hard time trying to marry the great economy with what it looks like for the American public, particularly the grassroots."
‘It is all crazy’: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin goes off on people who try to insist Trump’s rants are just jokes
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin scorned the idea from President Donald Trump's defenders that rants like his recent anointment of himself as "the chosen one" are made in jest, for entertainment value.
"One of the strange things about President Trump is that nobody has ever seen him laugh, like a full laugh on camera," said Toobin. "Think about it. You never see it. And this notion of explaining crazy things he says as jokes is not — that is just not true. He does not joke. When he said 'Russia, you know, I want you to find Hillary Clinton's emails,' they tried to explain it as a joke. It wasn't. Russia went right to work trying to find Hillary's emails."
‘It’s always dread with President Trump’: CNN analyst says G7 leaders are revolted they have to meet with Trump again
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," reporter Abby Phillip said that world leaders are feeling "dread" about the prospect of meeting with President Donald Trump after his latest round of erratic behavior on the world stage.
"There is a big test on foreign relations for President Trump this weekend," said host Brianna Keilar. "He's going to the G7. He, Abby, is headed there after insulting Denmark by pulling out of a state visit, keeping in mind that Denmark is a key intel and military ally of the U.S. What is the mood going into this forum?"
"Honestly, it's always dread with President Trump," said Phillip.