The Russia-Connection Distractions

When it comes to Russia, 2016 isn't the issue. 2017 is.

Democrats who like to complain that the Republican Party in Congress serves only as President Donald Trump’s praetorian guardsmen will soon have to contend with the GOP’s sprawling investigations into the president’s ties to Russia. Unquestionably, it is valuable to perform a post-mortem on 2016 and to have a full picture of the role Russia played in undermining the integrity of the democratic process. But the burning question before American policymakers today has nothing to do with 2016. The immediate threat posed by Russia and the Trump administration’s lack of a comprehensive policy toward Moscow has been obscured by partisan one-upmanship in Washington.

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The Russia-Connection Distractions

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