“The former manager of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Paul Manafort, is to face charges related to an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling, US media report.”
See Ex-Trump aide ‘faces charges over Russia’“Aide”? Nope. Campaign Manager. If Trump’s campaign manager was indicted for shady dealings with Russia, I know there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Face it. The Russians would not have it any other way. They exploit every opportunity to use the weak link to their advantage. Shady dealings? They are leverage… “Hey, Paul! Remember when… Where do your polls suggest Putin invest in the Trump campaign?” Do you really think Manafort would not talk with Putin’s mice to do a little collusion? What would be the harm? It might even help, and that would be good for Paul Manafort, unless he got caught and he was caught.
I like it when a violent action story has a happy ending. It makes me feel less sad about the high body-count.
Expect endless accounts from Trump’s apologists about how little involved in the campaign was Paul Manafort. Sigh.
UPDATE Oh-Oh! George Papadopoulos, Trump’s foreign affairs and security advisor has plead guilty to lying to the FBI and is cooperating in the investigation, revealing that Trump arranged lower-level people to communicate with the Russians so that Trump would have deniability. This is a short fuse burning into the powder keg. It’s not about whether this thing will blow wide open but when and how loud a noise will be generated. I think it’s big. I think denying collusion is growing pretty weak… Having someone sitting at a table with Trump and others talking about collusion with the Russians is going to be easy to pry open. Who wants to go down with Trump? …crickets…
I think anyone who voted for Trump should be asking themselves why Trump surrounded himself with so many liars and cheaters with close contacts with Russia. Trump always said he was going to put USA first in everything he did, but it hasn’t been so.