Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort now stands accused of attempted witness tampering and may forfeit his freedom pending his federal money laundering and tax fraud trial. Hustlers gotta hustle, right? There is little Manafort has done alongside our hustler president that suggests he's a man willing to observe basic legal rules and norms. Nor is there anything Robert Mueller has done in his capacity as special counsel to think he'd not be on the lookout for such tampering. At the heart of Trump's tweets, and that silly memo to Mueller pitching legal principles that simply don't exist, is the existential and entirely rational fear in Trumpland that any interview Mueller conducts with the president will be a disaster.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.