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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”

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