Counterintelligence agencies must find it hard to believe the cupboard is already bare.
The arrest is a setup, perhaps for a swap with Maria Butina.
Stalin ignored his spies when their findings contradicted his assumptions. Now the president is making the same mistake.
Trump and Putin share many more goals than just Trump’s election.
Just as the Russian leader has unleashed his intelligence and security services, the American president has kneecapped and undermined his own.
Trump wants to believe both the Russian president’s denial of election meddling, and the conclusions of his own intelligence agencies. But he can’t have it both ways.