Howard Dean: 'Criminal enterprise' running the country now

Howard Dean: 'Criminal enterprise' running the country now
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Former Democratic National Committee Chairman (DNC) Howard Dean on Sunday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE, saying the U.S. is now being run by "a criminal enterprise."

"I think at this point, Trump is Trump. He's going to lie. He's going to do all these things he does," Dean told MSNBC. "And the real savior for democracy is going to be Robert Mueller. He's going to find out what the truth is," he said, referring to the special counsel appointed by the Justice Department to investigate Russian meddling in the presidential election.

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Dean also said the country will never get the truth out of President Trump.

"He doesn't tell the truth. Everybody knows he doesn't tell the truth. Even his supporters know he doesn't tell the truth," Dean said. "But they like him anyway."

Dean added that he thinks the country is at a political standstill.

"But I do think this is a very strong country. 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," he said.

"But 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."

Dean went on to blast Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he said is "murdering journalists left and right."

"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," Dean said.

Dean's comments also come after Trump met Friday with Putin during the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Trump said he pressed Putin on the Russian election meddling and that the Russian leader denied it. Trump has not said whether he accepted Putin's denial, but has said it is time to "move forward in working constructively with Russia."

Dean's interview also followed a report in The New York Times that Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign aides met with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential 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. So drip, drip, drip, drip. This is a criminal enterprise running this country right now," Dean said on Sunday, referring to a Russian security agency.