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The Mueller Probe Was an Unmitigated Success

The scandal is how much corruption it exposed—and how much turns out to have been perfectly legal.
Source: Grigory Dukor / Reuters

So much about the rise of Donald Trump defied reason. But in the spring of 2016, he displayed one habit that I found beyond perplexing: He couldn’t stop praising Vladimir Putin. What made his obsequiousness so galling was that it often came in response to questions that warranted moral disdain: What about the assassination of journalists critical of the RussianWhereas most of Trump’s policy positions shifted over the course of the campaign, his apologetics for Putin were a rare source of constancy.

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