Dem strategist: Trump's associates are driving the administration into a 'dangerous place'

Democratic strategist Juanita Tolliver warned on Wednesday that the people President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE has surrounded himself with are driving the administration into dangerous territory, citing recent allegations that Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: US-China trade talks to resume | Mnuchin warns of more Turkey sanctions | How Turkey's financial crisis could roil the US | Senate GOP seeks tax law fixes Watchdog files criminal complaint against Ross over stock holdings Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain MORE swindled large sums of money from associates during his time as a businessman. 

"This is just another example of the culture of corruption and the type of people Trump surrounds himself with that are really driving this administration into a dangerous place," Tolliver, the director of campaigns at the Center for American Progress, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"These are court cases past and present still working through the appeals process, where employees are claiming that he stole millions from them, where he stole millions from clients," she said. 

Tolliver was responding to a recent Forbes article, in which 21 of Ross's former colleagues accused him of wrongly taking money from associates for himself. 

Forbes reports that Ross would have swindled over $120 million from associates if the allegations are true. 

The Commerce Department has denied the accusations against Ross. 

"The anonymously sourced Forbes story is based on false rumors, innuendo, and unverifiable claims," the department said in a statement. "The fact remains that no regulator has made any of these accusations against the Secretary. This rehash of old stories is clearly the result of a personal vendetta. The baseless claims made in this story were well publicized long ago and are not news."

The accusations against Ross come a month after Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittJudge rules against Trump attempt to delay Obama water rule Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler, please listen to your boss and approve year-round E15 Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain MORE resigned from his post following months controversies surrounding his spending, ethics, and management. 

— Julia Manchester