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The Rule of Trump

Susan Estrich on

It's not a small thing that the man who ran the president's campaign has been indicted on multiple counts of money laundering related to his work for a foreign government.

I can't recall anything even remotely like it. Domestic corruption is nothing new. But to launder money from a foreign government seeking to influence global politics: This is new. This should be causing outrage.

And it's not just Paul Manafort. We're back to examining the meeting in which Russians brought dirt on Hillary Clinton to share with Donald Trump Jr., because a Trump aide has now pled guilty to lying to the FBI about the meeting.

This is a much uglier swamp than the one he was supposed to drain.

This one is full of the greediest bottom-feeders, whose patriotism is open to serious question.

And what was Donald Trump's response to the news about Manafort?

He attacked Hillary Clinton.

I thought it was a joke when I first saw it. He couldn't possibly respond to the indictment of Paul Manafort by taking to Twitter to attack Clinton, I thought. The man is president of the United States. Surely he has something more to say. Surely he should be shocked, saddened, troubled, betrayed, even.

Nope. He blamed Clinton.

The Russians told Trump's aides that they were ready to dump hundreds of thousands of Clinton's emails, and did the Trump campaign say, "Hold on, we don't play that way"? No, they set up a meeting.


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