Relying on an “expert” who turns out to be a former Obama aide, CNN this morning compared the Trump family to “corrupt regimes around the world.”

Asked by host Christi Paul whether the presence of Trump family members in official meetings with foreign heads of state and business leaders posed an ethical problem, CNN reporter Cristina Alesci said “a number of ethics experts said, yeah, it’s a serious problem. A number of outspoken experts are comparing the Trump’s family behavior to corrupt regimes around the world.”

The only “expert” cited was former Obama aide Norman Eisen, seen in a clip saying “this is not the first time this has happened. I’m just shocked it’s happened in the United States.”

For good measure, Eisen claimed that the Trump family’s behavior “really undermines democracy.” Of course.

CHRISTI PAUL: The President-elect has also been including his children in official meetings with heads of state and leaders of major US companies, so a lot of people are saying, does this pose an ethical problem? And if so, how serious a problem is it? CNN Money correspondent Cristina Alesci is live from New York with us trying to answer that very question. What have you found in your research there, Cristina, and good morning to you?

CRISTINA ALESCI: Good morning. I spoke to a number of ethics experts and they say, yeah, it is a serious problem. In fact, a number of outspoken experts are comparing the Trump’s family behavior to corrupt regimes around the world . . . One of Trump’s biggest critics on this is Norman Eisen, who worked on government ethics for President Obama. He’s warning that this kind of behavior really undermines democracy.

NORMAN EISEN: The problem with it is, it sends a message that if you want to have influence in the administration, do it through the kids. And there’s a tradition. This is not the first time this has happened. I’m just shocked it’s happened in the United States.