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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.

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“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.

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Watch the full panel discussion below via CNN.

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‘They sense weakness’: Former senator says the world is ‘smirking’ as Trump flails away at latest China tariffs

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Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) appeared on CNN Friday to discuss how President Donald Trump has completely mishandled his long-running trade war with China.

While talking about trade with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Baucus said that China timed its new announcements of tariffs against $75 billion worth of American goods specifically to humiliate the president.

"They sense weakness," explained Baucus, who has also previously served as an American ambassador to China. "And I think that they see a weakness in the United States today. Trump has been weakened because of the weakened American economy and they're retaliating against the tariffs that Trump imposed after there was a truce there would be no tariffs."

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‘Alarming gibberish’: Trump mocked for raging impotently against Fed chair and China

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President Donald Trump attacked his own Federal Reserve chairman as an "enemy" of the United States amid his escalating trade war with China -- and other social media users were flabbergasted.

Fed chairman Jerome Powell refused to budge on interest rates, despite heavy pressure by the president in the face of a looming recession, and China retaliated against the tariffs Trump imposed with a new round of their own.

Trump lashed out at Powell, whose name he misspelled, and compared him unfavorably to Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

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A look inside the Koch brothers’ secret plan to manipulate politicians — and how it fueled the rise of the radical right

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Democrats and Republicans are expected to spend about $1 billion getting their 2016 nominee elected. There’s a third group that will spend almost as much. It’s not a political party, and it doesn’t have any candidates. It’s the right-wing political network backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, expected to spend nearly $900 million in 2016. The Kochs’ 2016 plans come as part of an effort to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative candidates and causes over the last four decades. The story of the Koch brothers and an allied group of billionaire donors is told in a new book by New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” Mayer traces how the Kochs and other billionaires have leveraged their business empires to shape the political system in the mold of their right-wing agenda.

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