President Donald Trump didn't do anything necessarily illegal by accepting loans from Russians or investments into his properties while he was a private citizen, but if someone is going to be president, "the public does need to know how you're exposed and who you owe what to," Rep. Jim Himes said Thursday.
"I'm not sure it's that complex, compared to trying to understand what might have been said in a closed room between two people that may plead the Fifth, actually getting financial records — records of loans, bank transfers," the Connecticut Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.
But still, the public needs to know how Trump or any president is exposed, so they can evaluate their ability to make an impartial decision, Himes said.
"This is stuff that's not going to be too hard to come by."
The movement of large sums of money triggers alerts, continued Himes, and "it's really not that hard to find big or unusual movements of cash around the globe . . . it's one of the tools that Treasury has, and law enforcement has, to try to identify money laundering and other financial crimes."
Himes also commented on the decision to fire Jim Comey as director of the FBI, saying that he is concerned that it may have sent a signal to other agents and senior management, that if they get involved in investigating Trump, "does your career suffer?"
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