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Paul Manafort’s pardon shows that Mueller’s investigation wasn’t a ‘hoax’ — but a ‘scandal’ Trump tried to ‘thwart’: journalist

President Donald Trump’s most recent batch of pardons, announced on Wednesday, December 23, ranges from his 2016 campaign manager, Paul Manafort, to Charles Kushner (father of White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner). During the Russia investigation, Trump repeatedly dismissed former special counsel Robert Mueller’s work as a “hoax” — which was the same word he later used to describe the Ukraine scandal and the COVID-19 pandemic. But journalist Jonathan Chait, in an article published by New York Magazine, argues that Trump’s decision to pardon Manafort shows just how substantial the Russia investigation was.Chait explains, “The official White House statement justifying …read more

Source:: AlterNet