Folks who lived through or are students of the Watergate scandal are probably familiar with the phrase, "Follow the money." That was the clue to how investigators finally got to the root of the scandal that led to the impeachment and resignation of Richard Nixon.
The unfolding Trump - Russia scandal is so far focused on Russian hacking in the 2016 to boost the prospects of neo- fascist Putin poodle Donald "Rump" Trump. That's the focus (if you can call it that at this point) of the Senate Intelligence Committee inquiry as well as what's been made public about the FBI's investigation. Every day, new revelations are coming out about contacts between top advisors like son- in- law Jared Kushner and Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III and Russian officials.
However, beyond the welter of contacts between members of Rump's inner circle and Russian officials or go- betweens is the real unanswered question at the heart of the matter: what do the Russians have on Rump that makes him so pliable to their national interests? That's something that can only be resolved with a forensic review of Rump's tax returns, which he adamantly refuses to release.
Here's Norman Eisen, former ambassador to the Czech Republic and White House ethics czar under President Obama, getting right to the point (h/t Raw Story):
Fmr. WH Czar says Trump camp's connections with Russia have "that Watergate feel to it" https://t.co/9MCoCVz4zc— New Day (@NewDay) March 3, 2017
BONUS: More on "follow the money."
Your regular reminder that at the center of this engima wrapped in a riddle tucked inside a mystery are the tax returns.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 2, 2017
History will puzzle over how it took so long to get to where everyone knows this Russian scandal is going.— Schooley (@Rschooley) March 3, 2017