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Donald Trump Doesn’t Get What the Big Deal Is, Insists His Russia Dealings Were “Very Legal & Very Cool”

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Following yesterday’s bombshell admission from Michael Cohen, revealing that he had lied to Congress about business dealings between the Trump Organization and the Russian government, it was only a matter of time before Donald Trump lashed out on Twitter, as is his wont. And boy, he did not disappoint.

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In a pair of tweets sent out this morning, Trump said that his “light” dealings were all “very legal & very cool.”

“Very legal and very cool” is the “How do you do, fellow kids?” of criminal behavior.

Also, I dare you to unsee (or unhear) this:

Trump’s admission that he did look into business dealings with Russia, however “lightly,” is a sharp departure from his longstanding denials that he had any ties to Russia at all.

He said something similar to reporters yesterday, telling them “We were thinking about building a building. I decided ultimately not to do it. There would have been nothing wrong if I did do it.”

So now it seems like Trump’s best argument in his own defense is that he didn’t know he was supposed to tell the truth about these things because no one ever told him not to lie?

It looks like we’re at a point where things are going to get a lot worse for Trump before–and if–they get better. Michael Cohen’s revelations about the Trump Tower dealings in Moscow, which included plans to gift the $50 million penthouse to Vladimir Putin, are incriminating for anyone who knew about them and lied about them. According to Michael Cohen, that includes multiple members of the Trump family. I can’t wait to find out who he names. I’m hoping for Javanka but no one will be surprised if Eric ends up taking the fall for this, will they?

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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