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‘Tip of the iceberg’: Jake Tapper’s CNN panel ‘not surprised’ at new investigation into Trump’s inauguration corruption

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CNN Jake Tapper’s Thursday panel was disgusted at the latest crimes unraveling about President Donald Trump and called his current scandals “just the tip of the iceberg.”  The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s inaugural committee is being investigated by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York for misspent funds.

Robby Mook, former Hillary Clinton spokesman said that it was not surprising at all.

“It would not surprise me in the slightest though that this administration took it so much further,” he said. “There’s no way investigators are actually going after this or charges are going to be filed until they have real documentation.”

Mook added, “Sounds like they might have a recording of that. I would also say that this is the president who gave the presidential medal of freedom to Sheldon Adelson’s wife. It’s unclear what she did for this. There’s a lot for sale in this White House. This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins said that it was also not surprising because, during the transition period, the Trump administration was a flat out mess.

“Even people who are huge fans of the president said this is a total mess right now because this is when they were going through the transition period before the inauguration happened — trying to figure out who was going to take what position,” Collins said.

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She added, “Even people around for the darkest days of the campaign say the transition period was one of the worst because it was such a mess. They say that period was so chaotic and contributed to a lot of the problems that they are having now with people like Michael Flynn and Michael Cohen.”

Mook continued to compare the investigation to Watergate. He suggested that new laws will emerge out of Trump’s scandals.

“There’s a lot of comparisons for Watergate and a lot of our campaign finance laws came out of Watergate. I wonder if we’re entering another period where we’ve got to clean this mess up because the whole purpose of all these laws is to prevent our public officials from being able to dispose of problems,” he said.

Watch the full panel discussion below via CNN.

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On Saturday, George Conway drew attention to a specific passage of a new article from The New York Times about the intelligence community's efforts to counterattack the Russian power grid, in response to years of covert Kremlin attacks on our own:

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Trump’s hamfisted attempt to wag the dog with Iran unraveled fast

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

We can’t say with any certainty that Iran wasn’t behind the attacks on two ships in the Gulf of Oman this week, but it is clear that the Trump regime’s account of what happened unraveled very quickly. Shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a video of a small vessel removing something Pompeo said was a mine from the damaged port side of one of the ships, the vessel's owner said that it had actually been struck on its starboard side, above the waterline, by a flying object. If this were in fact an effort to pull a Gulf of Tonkin, then the fact that this was the best dog-wagging they could conjure up would be downright pathetic.    

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