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CNN Panel Goes Off the Rails Over Trump’s Demand for Surveillance Probe: ‘Inept, Clueless, Out of the Loop’

A CNN panel went off the rails Sunday night over the news that Deputy General Rod Rosenstein has responded to President Donald Trump‘s tweet demanding an investigation into infiltration and surveillance of his campaign.

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

In response, Rosenstein said he would have the DOJ’s Inspector General look into the matter.

Discussing the developments on CNN shortly after Rosenstein’s news came out, Former Trump Campaign Adviser Steve Cortes and Democratic Strategist Maria Cardona quickly locked horns.

“This is a very autocratic dictator style move on behalf of this president who believes that any government agency within his purview under his direction can be used against political opponents and that is not the kind of country that we live in,” Cardona said, referring to Trump’s tweet.

She continued on: “If that’s the case he should go live in a dictatorship which is clearly something that I believe he really wants as opposed to a real democracy, and, number two, it also shows, Ana, that the way that he’s conducting himself in public underscores just how inept, clueless, out of the loop and uninformed he is about how the FBI functions.”

Cortes took exception to Cardona’s characterization of the president.

“This inept person by the way who is a self-made billionaire and is the president of the United States of America. He’s that inept. I’d love to be that inept some day,” Cortes replied.

Then, after the talk turned to the Mueller probe, the panel quickly devolved into chaotic crosstalk.

Watch above, via CNN.

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