How Trump Dominated Mueller and Tricked Democrats

Consider the central puzzle to Trump’s presidency: why did his own people give NeverTrumps a special counsel?

The most common explanation is that Trump is a bumbling fool. First, he colluded with Russia. Then he appointed Sessions, not knowing that Sessions would recuse himself. Finally, he appointed Rosenstein and was blindsided by the initiation of Mueller’s probe.

The problem with this idea is that Trump has been a successful person for decades, building an empire in the cutthroat world of New York real estate.

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