Donald J. Trump’s boasting of being a “winner” has taken another punch in the gut.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted the president’s former campaign boss, Paul Manafort, of money laundering in his probe of the “Russia thing” that caused Trump to fire former FBI director James Comey.
Hmm. Where does this go? I intend to wait with bated breath. How about you?
The indictment of Manafort, along with that of campaign official Rick Gates signals a new pace in this investigation, which began when the president gave Comey the boot.
The ultimate aim appears to be determining whether the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russian hackers in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election outcome. The president bellows “witch hunt” and “fake news” and all kinds of other things.
My understanding of Mueller, though, is that the special counsel is as serious, measured, thorough and meticulous a lawyer as they come. I don’t think he’s going to indict a proverbial “ham sandwich” just to score some points.
And so … the hunt continues.
This case is going to get even more curious as Mueller’s team continues its work.
As Politico describes it, Meuller’s task has turned into a sprawling probe.