I’m sure all of you have heard by now that Paul Manafort has been indicted for money laundering Russian money. Okay, Ukrainian money from a pro-Russian Ukrainian group which is semi-laundered Russian money.
But that’s really nothing when it comes to tying in the Trump campaign to collusion with Russians. The real kicker here isn’t Manafort, it’s George Papadopoulos. He’s the one who has plead guilty to charges of lying to federal prosecutors about his personal collusion with a Russian.
According to court papers released Monday, those contacts included an unnamed overseas professor whom Papadopoulos met in Italy in March, the same month he joined the campaign. In April 2016, the professor told him the Russian government had “dirt” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, including thousands of Clinton’s emails.
I like the explanation that Nate Silver brings up over this:
This is consistent with a world in which there’s a lot of “fire” associated with peripheral figures in the campaign, but merely “smoke” (so far) associated with more central figures.
Source: FiveThirtyEight – Nate Silver
Both Manafort and Papadopoulos are on fire but Manafort’s fire started way before the Clinton campaign. Papadopoulos’ fire started right as he joined the campaign. I’m thinking that fire spreading to at least Donald Trump Jr. will be fairly easy to prove with Mr. Papadopoulos’ help.