Americans should not lose sight of the fact that President Donald Trump — and not his family members or staffers — is the chief player in the unfolding Russia scandal, Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, writes in a column for The Guardian.
"We are so fascinated — and entertained — by the supporting cast that we are losing sight of the man in the starring role, Donald J. Trump," said Abramson, noting explosive stories about the involvement the president's son, Donald Jr., and his son-in-law, Jarad Kushner had with Russia.
"Yes, this is all titillating stuff, but it diverts us from the real issue at the heart of the Russia scandal: what did the president know and when did he know it?
"Anyone who has watched the Trump family dynamics knows that the sons, son-in-law, and Ivanka are consumed by filial devotion. Their clout and success in the business and political worlds are completely dependent on Donald Trump."
Abramson said there are "inescapable comparisons" to President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal.
"That investigation ended with a lingering mystery: it remains unknown whether Richard Nixon ordered or knew beforehand about the burglary of Democratic Party headquarters, the event that shattered his presidency," she said.
"Donald Trump's direct role in polluting and subverting the 2016 election must not remain a mystery."
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