there's a lot we still don't know about last june's secret meeting between the trump campaign and russian lawyers and lobbyists. indeed, the news seems to have raised more questions than it answered. what did donald trump know about the meeting involving his son, his son-in-law and his campaign manager? were there follow-up discussions? did the meeting trigger the release of hacked emails a week later? does all this amount to collusion, conspiracy or even treason?we may have to wait a long time for answers to these and other questions. but there is one thing that seems clearer now than before: if the trump administration comes to an abrupt end, it will almost certainly be because he has turned his political career into a family affair. illustration: andrew dyson. blending politics and family is in no way unprecedented in the white house. edith wilson served as a presidential proxy after her husband woodrow was incapacitated by a stroke in 1919. robert kennedy served as his brother's attorney-general (a controversial choice at the time). and of course, hillary clinton oversaw health care reform in the first year of her husband's presidency.trump's use of family is different, though. rather than having a single talented family member in a clearly defined role, trump has placed his family at the centre of his campaign and now his administration. in official and unoff...