At around 4.30pm, in courtrooms 200 miles apart, a pair of Trump associates delivered a one-two punch – and that was just Tuesday
Donald Trump’s presidency, it has been widely observed, bends the laws of time. Scandals that would have dogged other presidents for years tend to be here today, gone tomorrow. Fifteen minutes of fame is now likely to count for no more than 15 seconds.
But even by the standards of the Trump universe, this week has been a blur. And at its heart was a single, devastating hour on Tuesday, 21 August that effectively turned the president of the United States into an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal crime.