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Douthat: Giving Trump the Benefit of the Doubt Leads to Regret

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By    |   Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 10:12 AM

"A good rule of thumb" is that anyone who has given the benefit of the doubt to President Donald Trump "eventually regrets it," and conservative columnist Ross Douthat now considers himself part of that dubious club, he wrote in The New York Times.

Douthat's red line with Trump — Russia.

Douthat doubted the claims of collusion and thought "the odds of ever finding proof of such a conspiracy vanishingly low."

Enter "the hapless Don Jr. — the Gob Bluth or Fredo Corleone of a family conspicuously short on Michaels," who on Tuesday released emails on Twitter showing that he took a meeting with a Russian lawyer who he believed would give him dirt on Hillary Clinton that would help his father's campaign.

"I am not a particularly fierce Russia hawk, but the Russians are still a more-hostile-than-not power these days, with stronger incentives to subvert American democracy than the average foreign government," Douthat wrote.

"So taking their oppo has a gravity that should have stopped a more upright and patriotic campaign short."

And though this is no way incriminates the president, there's still time, Douthat writes.

"There are enough sparks in the smoke; there will probably be fire for some of Trump's intimates before another year is out," Douthat writes.

"And as for the president himself — well, to conclude where I began, anyone presuming his innocence at this point should have all the confidence of Chris Christie awaiting his cabinet appointment, or Sean Spicer reading over the day's talking points."

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"A good rule of thumb" is that anyone who has given the benefit of the doubt to President Donald Trump "eventually regrets it," and conservative columnist Ross Douthat now considers himself part of that dubious club, he wrote in The New York Times.
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