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Trump must be wondering who else is talking to Mueller

Eugene Robinson on

No such get-together took place. But in June, there was that meeting at Trump Tower at which senior figures in the Trump campaign -- Manafort, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law -- met with a well-connected Russian lawyer in hopes of receiving "dirt" on Clinton.

Were the Russians exploring various avenues that might lead to a meaningful connection with the Trump campaign? Did they find one? As it happened, the DNC and Podesta emails were eventually released through WikiLeaks in a manner clearly designed to do maximum damage to the Clinton campaign.

We also know that the Russians flooded social media with pro-Trump fake news. In many instances, this propaganda campaign targeted voters at such a granular level that one has to wonder where the Russians got such sophisticated and detailed data. Mueller will be wondering the same thing.

Trump must have noticed that one important name was not prominently mentioned Monday: that of Michael Flynn, his short-lived national security adviser. Flynn faces potential legal jeopardy for his alleged representation of foreign interests without properly registering to do so. Trump has consistently gone out of his way to protect and defend Flynn, even to the point of asking former FBI Director James Comey to go easy on him. Why such uncharacteristic compassion?

If I were Trump, I'd have to wonder if Flynn could be cooperating with Mueller. I'd worry about what he might say. And if I spoke with Flynn, I'd choose my words very carefully.

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Eugene Robinson's email address is eugenerobinson@washpost.com.

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