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Desperate Trump Tries to Spin Mueller Probe as ‘Campaign Promise Fulfilled’ After Aides Indicted

President Donald Trump made a feeble attempt at spin Tuesday after two of his top campaign aides were indicted and another was revealed to be in a plea deal with special counselor Bob Mueller.

On Monday, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his top deputy, Rick Gates, were indicted on 12 charges related to money laundering and failing to register as foreign agents.

The Justice Department also revealed that former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos had been arrested in July for lying to the FBI, agreed to a plea deal earlier this month, and has been cooperating with the Mueller investigation.

Trump packed as many lies as could fit in 140 characters in his listless defense, essentially responding to the legal action against three key campaign aides with an “I don’t know him.”

“The Fake News is working overtime,” Trump tweeted. “As Paul Manaforts (sic) lawyer said, there was ‘no collusion’ and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!”

First, while the crimes Manafort was charged with began in 2006 but the indictment spans into early 2017, thus including the time he was in the campaign and when he was advising Trump after leaving.

Trump also didn’t mention Gates, who continued to work for the campaign after Manafort left and advised Trump while he was in the White House.

While it’s true that “few people” knew Papadopoulos outside of the campaign, he was a key figure in a small campaign headed by Corey Lewandowski and Jeff Sessions, among others, in the early days of the election cycle. Papadopoulos routinely communicated about Russian Hillary Clinton “dirt” and possible meetings between Russian government officials and the Trump team with senior campaign officials. He was also seen at a high-level meeting with Trump and Sessions during the campaign.

It is curious that Manafort’s lawyer used his statement after Manafort appeared in court to insist there was “no collusion” rather than focus on Manafort’s money laundering charges. Perhaps he is already angling for a pardon from Trump by placating his Twitter narrative.

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign head John Podesta, has also been embroiled in the Mueller probe for his work for foreign officials. Podesta stepped down from his lobbying firm Monday as he prepares for his own legal battle.

Though Podesta was not indicted like the Trump aides, Trump said that the Podesta story is the “biggest story” from Monday and claimed he was keeping “yet another campaign promise” by draining the swamp of the Podesta brothers, although John is in no way involved.

“The biggest story yesterday, the one that has the Dems in a dither, is Podesta running from his firm,” Trump tweeted. “What he know about Crooked Dems is earth shattering. He and his brother could Drain The Swamp, which would be yet another campaign promise fulfilled. Fake News weak!”

Poor grammar aside, this may be his saddest attempt at spin yet. Not only does the head of a lobbying firm stepping aside not even register on the newsmeter on a day three campaign officials are busted for (alleged, in two cases) federal crimes, the idea that Trump is fulfilling a campaign promise by draining the swamp of lobbyists may the biggest lie he’s told yet.

Not only is Trump not involved in Mueller’s probe, whose very existence he opposes, he has actually filled the swamp to the brim by hiring Goldman Sachs bankers to run the government and industry lobbyists to run the departments that regulate their industries.

Trump has, however, been a boon for Washington DC criminal defense lawyers.

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