What the editorials said
The charges against Manafort “are enough to frighten any friend of America”, said the FT. Trump’s campaign manager seems deliberately to have concealed his role as a lobbyist for a Ukrainian political party “with deep ties to Russia”. This, if true, threatens the “integrity of the US political system”. Manafort should never have been appointed in the first place, said The New York Times. Among his past clients are some of world’s nastiest despots, including Angola’s Jonas Savimbi and President Marcos of the Philippines. In short, Manafort is just the sort of “amoral” wheeler-dealer that Trump vowed to eradicate when he drained the Washington “swamp”.
No doubt the Democrats will now ramp up calls for Trump’s impeachment, said the New York Post. But nothing in the charges against Manafort touches Trump directly. And all we know about Papadopoulos is that he was in contact with people claiming Russian links who promised – but never delivered – damaging information on Clinton. “There’s a lot less here than meets the eye.”
Paul Manafort: “amoral”