For months (maybe longer), it feels like we’ve been basically re-arranging the same events, the same evidence, and the same allegations against Donald Trump, and while it all seems to add up to a decent case for conspiracy and a strong case for obstruction of justice against the President, that smoking gun has remained ever elusive.
This may not be the smoking gun, either, but if you’re a person who doesn’t believe in coincidences, this seems awfully damning. From The Guardian:
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign, the Guardian has been told.
Sources have said Manafort went to see Assange in 2013, 2015 and in spring 2016 - during the period when he was made a key figure in Trump’s push for the White House.
It is unclear why Manafort wanted to see Assange and what was discussed. But the last meeting is likely to come under scrutiny and could interest Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor who is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The guy who helps orchestrate President Trump’s Republican nomination meets with the guy who helped orchestrate the release of hacked emails against Trump’s opponent around the same time as Manafort joined the Trump campaign. What could Paul Manafort and Julian Assange possibly have to talk about, and why would Trump hire this guy — for free — to run his campaign right after he spoke to Julian Assange? Manafort is also up to his eyeballs in connections to the Kremlin, too.
Connecting these dots hardly falls under the category of conspiracy theory. These connections are not tenuous. Paul Manafort was smack dab in the middle of the Trump/Assange/Putin triangulation, and Trump himself welcomed Hillary’s emails from Wikileaks, and all the players here had a vested interest in defeating Hillary Clinton.
Manafort denies any involvement with the hack. Manafort has also been accused of breaching his plea agreement by lying.
The insistence by savvy journalists and commentators that there was never going to be any evidence of "collusion," an assumption rooted in absolutely nothing, has aged particularly poorly. https://t.co/1NeSH8CEXY— Judah Maccabeets🍝 (@AdamSerwer) November 27, 2018
The collusion case is looking like one of those connect-the-dots puzzles for preschoolers, where there are *maybe* six dots total. https://t.co/OlqdWuQyPb— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) November 27, 2018
Nothing to see here, just the president’s campaign manger visiting the world’s most famous Russian asset in the basement of the Ecuadorian embassy. https://t.co/Lbz9zCI4ZJ— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) November 27, 2018