Trump Is Bullying the Media Into Falsely Exonerating Him of Russia Corruption

THE NATIONAL INTEREST

By @jonathanchait

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News stories have trumpeted the verdict that Trump’s campaign did not collude with Russia — which is at best unproven, and at worst simply false — and have been forced into a defensive crouch for having the temerity to devote two and a half years to uncovering the broad web of secret financial and political contacts between Trump and Russia.

For his part, Trump reportedly plans to “call for organizations to fire members of the media and former government officials who he believes made false accusations about him.”

Mueller did find that Trump’s campaign manager passed detailed polling information to Konstantin Kilimnik, whom Mueller also believes has “ties to Russian intelligence.”

Trump’s goal now is to bully the media into placing the entire topic, a political scandal of gigantic proportions, out of bounds of discussion. After two years, everybody agreed collusion is not per se a crime, but Trump’s defenders now illogically insist the absence of a crime means the absence of collusion.

We should accept the verdict that there is no crime, and demand to see all the evidence of the corruption that is already beyond all dispute.

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