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Eli Lake

Both Campaigns Sought Russian Dirt. Clinton's Way Was Legal.

In playing dirty politics, the Democrats were simply smoother than Team Trump.
Manafort in the middle.

Manafort in the middle.

Photographer: Victor Blue/Bloomberg

There is a temptation for President Donald Trump's supporters to approach Monday's disclosures from Robert Mueller, the special counsel looking into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, with the shrug of whataboutery. 

Sure, Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been charged with money-laundering and other dirty dealings. But most of the details have been known for a while. And his indictment mentions no actual crimes committed on behalf of the Trump campaign.