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The Manafort Indictment

Trump asserts innocence in all-caps tweet, demands investigation of 'Crooked Hillary'

President Trump responded to a wave of indictments against his former campaign staff Monday by doubling down on his assertion that there was "NO COLLUSION" between his campaign and the Kremlin:

Trump has not yet directly responded to the indictment of his former aide, George Papadopoulos, who has pled guilty to making false statements about his relationship with a Russian who promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. "Defendant Papadopoulos acknowledged that the professor had told him about the Russians possessing 'dirt' on then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of 'thousands of emails,' but stated multiple times that he learned that information prior to joining the [Trump] campaign," the indictment reads, adding that in fact "the professor only took interest in defendant Papadopoulos because of his status with the campaign."

In the words of the liberal-leaning Daily Kos' contributing editor, Armando: "The question no longer is was there Trump-Russia collusion. The questions are how much collusion and how high did it go."