Dear Robert Mueller: Follow the money.
This is just the latest in an unrelenting barrage of Trump books, ranging from Omarosa Manigault Newman’s feather-light but gossip-heavy Unhinged to Bob Woodward’s goose bumps–inducing Fear. For those who have been following the ongoing chaos, Washington Post national security reporter Miller’s (co-author: The Interrogators: Inside the Secret War Against al Qaeda, 2004) account of the first two years or so of the current administration may read like a greatest hits of America’s horror show at the hands of a leader unfit to confront the threat of Russian interference. For those who haven’t been paying attention, the book will serve as a damning indictment of not just the administration, but also a Congress that has been unwilling or unable to come to terms with trespasses that figures like former CIA director John Brennan have labeled “nothing short of treasonous.” Though the author doesn’t reveal a ton of explosive material, he does provide important context, particularly in terms of the roles of Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and FBI Director James Comey in the many exhausting episodes of national drama. There are sharp moments—e.g., Miller briefly confronting Kislyak in person or a White House adviser revealing advice to a deeply reluctant Trump about Russian sanctions: “If you veto it, they’ll override you…and then you’re fucked and you look like you’re weak.” Miller isn’t here to prove collusion, an unfair election, or even obstruction of justice, although there’s plenty of hard evidence for all of these charges. Instead, he offers dutiful journalistic work, pointing out all the evidence we’ve seen thus far, connecting the dots, and hypothesizing on exactly how the president of the United States may be compromised by a foreign power.
Ask John le Carré or Graham Greene: This isn’t politics; this is what a war looks like when we’re not shooting at each other. A solid entry in the sure-to-continue stream of books about Trump, Russia, and possible criminality in the highest office.