On Monday, Donald Trump biographer David Cay Johnston told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that President Donald Trump’s businesses were mainly run as a criminal enterprise.
“Do you see a parallel between the way the Trump organization was run and organized crime?” Cooper asked.
“Absolutely,” Johnston said. “The Trump Organization, while appearing to be a real estate firm, is a really a criminal enterprise,” he said.
Johnston said that he was surprised that The House Judiciary Committee expansive probe didn’t include more people.
“It didn’t include several people from Donald’s past. A few surviving people connected with the construction of his buildings and the mob connections involved there,” he said.
“The irony of this is that Rudy Giuliani who was responsible for heading up investigations into the mob is also now President Trump’s attorney,” Cooper said.
“Well he’s a television lawyer and he keeps getting the law wrong as many of us have been pointing out. But I agree. There’s an irony that he made his reputation that way. He didn’t prosecute the cases personally. Other lawyers working under him did,” Johnston said.
“He holds the press conferences,” Cooper joked.
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‘This American dream’: Pain overwhelms family of drowned migrants
"They had this American dream," sobbed Rosa Ramirez after images of her drowned son and granddaughter, discovered face-down on the banks of the Rio Grande between Mexico and the United States, shocked the world on Wednesday.
The poignant pictures of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his toddler daughter Valeria -- not yet two years old -- has sparked outrage back home in El Salvador, where around 200 migrants like them leave for the United States daily, preparing to take similar risks.
"The pain has been immense. I still can't believe that my boy and my little granddaughter are dead, they only wanted to get to the United States.... they had this American dream -- to achieve a better life," Oscar's mother told AFP.
Venezuela government says thwarted attempted ‘coup’
Venezuela's socialist government said Wednesday it had derailed an attempted coup, claiming the United States, Colombia and Chile colluded in a military plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro and install a general and former defense minister in his place.
Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the plan involved active and retired army officers and was to have been executed between Sunday and Monday this past weekend.
"We were in all the meetings to plan the coup d'Etat. We were in all the conferences," Rodriguez said, suggesting that government informers had infiltrated the alleged plotters during planning meetings.
Democrats believe Mueller testimony could be tipping point for impeachment: CNN
On Wednesday, CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that some House Democrats view special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming public testimony to the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees in July as a potential tipping point that could sway both Democratic leaders and the American people in favor of opening an impeachment probe.
"Democrats who support opening up an impeachment inquiry believe this could bolster the calls to open up formal proceedings, perhaps shift public opinion, perhaps encourage the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move off of her opposition to opening up an impeachment probe because of what Bob Mueller will say," said Raju.