Sen. Elizabeth Warren explains why she believes the Trump White House is the "most corrupt administration ever" in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Wednesday.
JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Joining me now is the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren. She helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It was her idea.
Senator, let's start with the part that has to do with lobbyists and campaign contributions.
SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): Yes.
TAPPER: What do you make of that?
WARREN: Most corrupt administration ever. I mean, come on. This is a man who stood up in front of 1,300 people and said, you get to listen -- you know, the congressman will listen to you, but only if you pay. That’s called pay to play. And that’s just another way of saying it.
This joint runs great for those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers and have them make big campaign contributions, but not here for real people.
TAPPER: So, just to play devil's advocate. Is it not possible that Mick Mulvaney was talking about the reality of the Washington, Democrats or Republicans, that if you give campaign contributions, you'll get to meet with a member of Congress?
WARREN: Well, look, if he is, then he's describing widespread corruption and there is widespread corruption in this place. But let’s be clear, he described a policy in his own office. That was exactly his description. And that’s the part really that gets me about this.
He wasn't even embarrassed. You know, it’s not like he whispered this off stage. He said it to a couple of people and someone secretly recorded it.
He is so corrupt that he is willing to just lay it all out there in front of everyone. He said, I am a government official ho pays attention to those who pay me, and if that’s not corruption, I don't know what the definition of corruption is.