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Impeachment witnesses stand in stark contrast to Trump associates

By Robert B. Reich, Tribune Content Agency on

As a candidate in 2015, Donald Trump said that he'd "surround myself only with the best and most serious people."

Not quite.

On Nov. 15, Trump's longtime friend and personal confidante, Roger Stone, was found guilty of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Stone faces a maximum of 50 years in prison.

Stone is only the most recent in a long line of Trump cronies to go to jail.

Earlier this year, Trump's personal attorney and "fixer," Michael Cohen, was convicted of multiple crimes, including campaign finance violations in connection with hush-money payments to a porn star. Cohen is now behind bars. So is Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Trump's deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates, will be sentenced in December. Trump's former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to, and served time for, lying to investigators.


This list doesn't even include the Star Wars cantina dredged up by Rudy Giuliani to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, including Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, both of whom were recently arrested on corruption charges.

Not to mention Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller, whose just-uncovered emails reveal the warped mind of a racist nationalist.

Trump has surrounded himself not with the best and most serious but with the worst and most dangerous -- thugs, liars and white supremacists.

But in recent weeks, others in the Trump administration have shown themselves to be among the best and most honorable public servants in America -- although Trump doesn't see them that way.


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