I know that the left has an obsession about Manafort, but the guy hasn't had any role in anything at all related to the Trump campaign, transition, or administration, for over 14 months. They literally hired him for his convention expertise, and then let him go about a month after the convention was over and they needed to move on to the general election. We can speculate about why, but it's possible that they realized he had some questionable dealings in his past, and didn't want anything to do with him.
I'm running on the assumption right now that being an outsider who wants to drain the swamp means you don't get the pick of the litter when it comes to people who are good advisors/managers/whatever to a political campaign.
That's a crime now?
Just don't take their advice and do something stupid prior to letting them go and you're golden. Think that's what we're trying to figure out at this point. The guy was pretty obviously sketchy and not fully vetted before he came onboard, and there were plenty of people in the campaign that didn't like him, or any of the others caught up in this mess so far. Then again, you play the cards you're dealt. Too many people didn't want to be associated with Trump at that point in the election, and someone with a clean record in politics would be a lot to ask even for a well-liked candidate.
They'll never get around to investigating Clinton and her buddies. They'll rake the Trump administration over the coals for as long as they can, drag it out in the media and public eye as long as possible, and get as much political value for the Left as possible, and then drop it (with maybe a few minor charges against some side characters along the way), and then the media story will be that the whole Russian Meddling thing is "old news", and has "already been investigated to death", and "let's just move on", when it comes time to look into anything on Clinton's side of the aisle.
I have Podesta pinned as more of a sacrificial lamb kind of thing right now. Getting him gone would make it appear the Dems took their lumps and rooted out the evil on their side, making any resistance to further investigation from Trump seem more suspect in the court of public opinion. Edited, Nov 1st 2017 9:57am by someproteinguy