Mueller Indictments Aren't Proof of Trump-Russia Collusion, Just Bad Judgment

The indictment of Paul Manafort and his longtime business partner Rick Gates should have come as no surprise to anyone. Indeed, it was precisely because of news reports in the summer of 2016 on some of the same matters contained in Mueller's indictment — charges of illicit cash payments to Manafort by the party of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and Manafort's assistance with undisclosed foreign lobbying — that Manafort was fired from Donald Trump's campaign (though somehow Gates managed to stay on).While revelations were in no way an indictment of Trump-Russia collusion, they were a searing indictment of Trump's judgment in bringing Manafort into his campaign in the first place.  Continue reading...

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