One of the many troubling things about this campaign is that Trump would seem to be getting crazier, more reckless and more unhinged faster than the DNC speechwriters can keep up with. Sad?
A good run-down of how Trump repeatedly dodged all the substantive questions about his business ties with Russia, use of Russian capital for various projects, etc.
Norah had no luck getting any information this morning out of Trump (de facto) Campaign Manager Paul Manafort. But Norah knew what the score was. After hearing again that Trump has no business in Russia she replied with the real question. "But does Russia have investments in Trump?"
Okay we just finished listening to the Trump press conference. From our feed it was difficult, almost impossible to hear the questions. But from the answers, Trump did not address any of the substantive questions about his financial and/or policy ties to Russia. Not one.
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It's difficult to know what Trump could credibly say at this point to calm the waters over financial and policy ties to Russia. He does get a lot of investment from Russia. This is a fact. It's also not at all problematic in itself. Denying this is a demonstrable falsehood. So he's basically reduced to saying 'Sure, I have a lot of investment from Russia. But it's all completely legit, I assure you.'
Also I'm never going to release my tax returns.
As Josh details in his blog, there is a maximal and a minimal case for demanding that Republican nominee Donald Trump disclose his financial interests. The maximal case is arguable, but debatable. The minimal case is not.