The specter of L’Affaire Russe hangs over the prosecution of Trump’s former campaign chairman for bank and tax fraud.
Autumn Brewington is an editor at Lawfare and a freelance writer in Washington. She was an editor at the Washington Post from 2001 to 2014 and ran the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank blog from 2014 through 2016. A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, she also edits for the Texas National Security Review.
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“Collusion” and “Russians” are not supposed to be mentioned at trial focused on financial fraud allegations.
As President Trump prepares to meet with Vladimir Putin, his Justice Department says it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Russian president has been lying about his country’s involvement in the 2016 election hacking.
The 500-page Justice Department report underscores that the investigation has no simple narrative arc.