An investigation is underway into President Donald Trump’s inauguration spending by federal prosecutors in Manhattan.
On Thursday, CNN’s John Berman sat down with Greg Jenkins, who led George W. Bush’s second inauguration.
Trump’s inaugural committee raised a record-breaking $107 million from donors, however, he spent way less on the event than past administrations. This gap has left several people to wonder where all the money actually went.
“It’s about double what then-president George Bush raised for his second inauguration. You had a smaller staff and more events. What do you make about the Trump amount?” Berman asked.
“I can’t figure it out. They actually raised more than twice the amount that we raised. I think adjusted for current dollars, the amount we raised comes out to be about $54 million, which is quite a bit less. The two biggest costs are the events and staff. We had three times as many staff and four times as many events. So where that money went, I couldn’t tell you,” Jenkins said.
He added, “Most of the money came from donors. If I were a donor, I would like to know where that money went. I can’t explain it.”
Watch the full interview below via CNN.
George Conway to give live analysis of impeachment hearings on MSNBC
George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, will be giving analysis on President Donald Trump's impeachment hearings on one of the president's least favorite cable news networks.
MSNBC director of booking Jesse Rodriguez announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that Conway is joining "our live special coverage of the impeachment hearings" that are set to begin at 10 a.m. EST.
Rick Wilson claims Jim Jordan will take extreme measures to derail impeachment hearings
On Wednesday, former GOP strategist and Never Trump commentator Rick Wilson warned that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) may have a plan to derail the public impeachment hearings by repeatedly blurting out the alleged name of the whistleblower who first detailed improprieties in President Donald Trump's phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky:
GOP aide tells me one plan discussed is for Gym Jordan and others to repeatedly use the whistleblower's name as one of several strategies to blow up the hearings and make the media report on his identity.
Republicans resort to the most ludicrous possible strategy to defend Trump from impeachment
There has been a lot of talk about "gaslighting" during the last three years, and for good reason. It truly does feel as if Donald Trump and his accomplices are trying to make us all believe we're losing our minds. And as all launch into this impeachment drama, it appears they'll be working overtime at that task.
I've been talking a lot about the Republican strategy, and if one thing is clear it's that the president is giving them very little room to maneuver. Republicans would prefer to argue that Trump was wrong to do what he did on Ukraine, but it wasn't impeachable. Problem is, Trump won't stand for that. They wish they could say that he didn't understand what he was doing, but he is having none of that one either. So they are left with is the most fatuous of all defenses at this moment: There was nothing wrong with what the president said because he was only trying to clear up the corruption problem in Ukraine.