Jonathan Turley Explains Manafort FBI Raid as Game of Thrones: ‘Winter is Coming’


As if this White House doesn’t create enough drama on its own, CNN guest Jonathan Turley used the popular HBO drama series Game of Thrones to explain the FBI raid on the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

“If you have a special counsel that may be trying to get leverage over a witness . . . and make it clear that [they are] all alone, and as Game of Thrones would say — ‘winter is coming,'” said Turley while appearing on Anderson Cooper 360. “Winter” being a reference to a season of death, disaster, and famine in Game of Thrones.

News of the FBI raid was broken by the Washington Post on Wednesday morning, as it was a part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian meddling of the 2016 presidential election to gain evidence.

“I don’t think it was helpful for his attorney to criticize the raid on Manafort,” Turley added. “What they are losing is that crush space between the president and key targets. Usually, White Houses try to increase that space, and they’re doing everything they can to eliminate it.”

Turley is not the first political commentator to draw a comparison between the Trump White House and the gory HBO series, as former presidential Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore had a similar observation.

“Somebody said it was like the ‘Red Wedding’ in ‘Game of Thrones,'” Gore said while speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. The “Red Wedding” is a scene in the TV show where a bloody-spattering massacre takes place — which is similar to the axing of former White House staffers, according to Gore.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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