Garrett Graff, writing for Wired:
In short, we’ve reached a point in the Mueller probe where there
are only two scenarios left: Either the president is compromised
by the Russian government and has been working covertly to
cooperate with Vladimir Putin after Russia helped win him the 2016
election — or Trump will go down in history as the world’s most
famous “useful idiot,” as communists used to call those who could
be co-opted to the cause without realizing it.
At least the former scenario — that the president of the United
States is actively working to advance the interests of our
country’s foremost, long-standing, traditional foreign adversary
— would make him seem smarter and wilier. The latter scenario is
simply a tragic farce for everyone involved.
My guess is it’s a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B — that Russia has something on Trump and he’s a useful idiot. Graff makes a good point, though — we’re still far from knowing the whole story, but we already know enough that it’s not possible for Trump to come out of this clean.
★ Thursday, 17 January 2019