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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 TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE has surrounded himself with are driving the administration into dangerous territory, citing recent allegations that Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossSessions attacks judge who ordered officials to sit for depositions in challenges to Census citizenship question Harris accuses GOP of ‘weaponizing’ 2020 Census DOJ: Commerce chief spoke with Bannon, Sessions about census citizenship question 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 PruittEPA puts science ‘transparency’ rule on back burner Tucker Carlson says he 'can't really' dine out anymore because people keep yelling at him Overnight Energy: Trump administration doubles down on climate skepticism | Suspended EPA health official hits back | Military bases could host coal, gas exports MORE resigned from his post following months controversies surrounding his spending, ethics, and management. 

— Julia Manchester