Years ago, James Carville said of the Paula Jones suit against Clinton, “If you drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.” At the time I thought it was funny, now I think it’s offensive and the antithesis of what liberals should say and think about lower-income Americans who live in mobile homes. The central point, however, that many of the people involved in this suit were being paid off by wealth wingers, is probably correct.
Here’s one thing that’s certainly true though: you put billions of rubles in front of grifters, you never know what you’ll get them to do. It looks like Manafort got upwards of $20 million from Putin cronies in total. Kushner’s family might have made half a billion in some shady deal with Russian banks. That’s real money. You know lots of people around Trump had their hands out. Russia would be willing to pay tens of billions of dollars to get sanctions lifted. You think there aren’t half a dozen people around Trump, including probably Trump himself, who are scheming for a way to get their cut?
That’s why even if there’s no collusion with the Wikileaks hacks (which is possible) and if Louise Mensch’s fever dreams are all wrong (which is likely), there’s plenty of nefarious doings here that the Republicans in Congress will want to cover up. So the cover ups will go on and on.