Trump Keeps Taking Russia's Side, and We Don't Know Why - 2020-07-31

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F248.png Trump Keeps Taking Russia's Side, and We Don't Know Why July 31, 2020, Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

It was widely assumed that Robert Mueller's investigation would uncover what, if anything, lay at the bottom of the bizarre and sometimes creepy level of deference Donald Trump extends to Russia. Mueller found some clues, the largest of which was a campaign negotiation to give Trump rights to a Moscow building project that stood to hand him hundreds of millions of dollars in profit at zero risk, and the secrecy of which gave Russia blackmail leverage over Trump.

But Mueller never uncovered the full extent of Trump's financial ties to Moscow. "Neither Mueller nor the Southern District prosecutors sought out Trump's financial records or obtained his tax returns," Jeffrey Toobin reports. The mystery of Trump's solicitousness to Putin remains unresolved. And he continues to give reasons for suspicion.

Earlier this week, Trump announced a pullback of 12,000 troops stationed in Germany. He framed the decision as punishment for a long and amorphous list of offenses over a quarter century, including both unspecified trade deals and alleged delinquency on "bills."

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