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Howard Dean Reacts To Trump's Meeting With Putin - "Criminal Enterprise" In Charge

Under a lying President Trump and a meddling Russian leader, the U.S. government is “a criminal enterprise,” according to a prominent Democratic Party Leader.

The Hill reported that Howard Dean, a former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, told MSNBC on Sunday: “I think at this point, Trump is Trump. He's going to lie. He's going to do all these things he does, and the real savior for democracy is going to be Robert Mueller. He's going to find out what the truth is.” (The statement referenced the Justice Department special counsel who is investigating whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 election.)

Dean repeated that the president “doesn't tell the truth,” adding: “Everybody knows he doesn't tell the truth. Even his supporters know he doesn't tell the truth. But they like him anyway.” However, the ex-governor argued that “this is a very strong country (because) we have checks and balances all over the map, both judicial and economic, and I think we're going to get to the bottom of this.” Dean stressed that “we’re not going to get to the bottom of this by trying to pry it out of the White House, because they say whatever they want and with total disregard for the truth.”

Regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom U.S. intelligence officials have accused of ordering last summer’s cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, Dean predicted: “We're going to find out from Bob Mueller whether he did, in fact, influence the United States elections. It's beginning to look more and more like he did.” Putin has been “murdering journalists left and right,” Dean alleged.

The Hill noted that the former DNC chief made the remarks following Trump’s meeting with Putin at the G-20 economic summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters that the leaders reached a ceasefire agreement designed to temporarily halt the fighting in Syria.

Trump claimed that during the closed-door meeting, he questioned the Russian strongman about the election-tampering charges. Putin continues to deny that he tried to help Trump win. The president said the United States should “move forward in working constructively with Russia.”

Dean also reacted to a New York Times story that revealed that Donald Trump Jr. and members of his father’s campaign team sat down with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the 2016 race. “Now we see overnight that there was a meeting between Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and a very — somebody close, very close to the FSB and Putin,” Dean said. “So drip, drip, drip, drip. This is a criminal enterprise running this country right now.”

The Trump administration is mired in controversy as a result of reports that multiple campaign and White House officials have Russian connections. Kushner, a presidential aide who is Trump’s son-in-law, and Manafort, a former Trump campaign manager, reportedly are among the subjects of Mueller’s investigation. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign because of his ties to Russia.

Source: The Hill
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