Russian's $1 million to Parnas: Another stubborn fact for Trump surrogates to wave off - 2019-12-17
While Trump surrogates are breaking their brains to conceive of a conspiracy theory from cheesecloth and fairy dust that might exonerate him if you squint just so, it's against a backdrop of a daily deluge of damning actual facts that John Le Carré would probably flinch at as cliched.
Such as this one, where in court it was revealed that a Russian oligarch paid $1 million to Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas only three months ago. While the specific nature of the transaction isn't clear, imagine the same fact held to Trump's innuendo-is-good-enough-to-tweet standard. We'd never stop hearing about it. But here in reality-world, it's just Tuesday.
Viewed from far above, the one consistent theme through all this is that Russian money has corruptly infected big chunks of the Republican party to varying degrees. I think it's one of the main reasons Republicans have stood behind Trump even as the picture becomes damning and clearer — if Trump's accepting and hiding the source of Russian money is politically fatal (Trump evidently thinks so), so too it might be fatal for everyone else, even for those didn't jump in the deep end of the pool as did Trump, Manafort, and Giuliani — with their pants on, heedless that it would ever become a problem (in each case, long prior to 2016).