As Manafort and Gates Arrested, Trump Doubles Down on Clinton-Russia 'Scandal' - 2017-10-30
With the news that former 2016 Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy have been indicted on 12 federal criminal charges connected with highly corrupt activities on behalf of Russian (or Russo-Ukrainian) interests, the Trump White House had a very big strategic decision to make about how to react. In most administrations, you'd figure an appalling situation like this would call for a restrained and perhaps sorrowful statement asserting the president's innocent shock at this development, and keeping him as far away from the unfolding news as possible.
But this being the Trump administration, restraint was probably never an option.
You have to figure the president knew everything about Manafort and Gates's indictment before it hit the news this morning. And that makes today's initial tweets revealing. Here was the first: