Former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Howard Dean Scream™ creator Howard Dean says President Donald Trump is "running a criminal enterprise" out of the White House, and he believes special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating such alleged criminal activity.
"I think he's running a criminal enterprise out of the White House and I think that's what Bob Mueller's on the track of," said Dean during a recent MSNBC segment lamenting Trump's constant "vacationing to promote his own properties."
"The promotion is extraordinary," said the former DNC chair. "There hasn't been a president in my lifetime that's done anything like this."
"In the beginning, the constitutional business about the emoluments clause, which is you're not supposed to take foreign money to influence your policy, it didn't bother me, I thought it was a far-flung argument — I'm not an attorney," he explained.
But now he feels differently: Trump or his staffers are "shaking down foreign governments who have moved their events to his hotel in Washington at somebody's request in order to get favors," he said.
As noted by The Hill, a liberal watchdog group had their lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the emoluments clause thrown out. So Dean doesn't really have a leg to stand on here, just a tin foil hat perfectly secured.
Mueller is apparently investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible "collusion" between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Thus far, there has been no evidence of such collusion by the Trump campaign presented to the public, although the dirty so-called "Trump-Russia dossier" has been revealed to be funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. There has also been numerous reports of anti-Trump bias coming from within those staffed on the investigation, uncovered via text messages.
The investigation, in other words, is starting to look exactly like what President Trump said it was: a witch hunt. So while Dean is floating the ridiculous idea that Mueller is looking into Trump's business habits, he might not be wrong.