1. Grifters: flat-out thieves.
2. Opportunists: careers advancers.
3. Ideologues: advocates of hateful policies.
4. Assets: Russian puppets.
There is some overlap.
Ben Carson, Carter Page, Felix Sater, both Flynns, Roger Stone, most of 45's celebrity following, including Roseanne Barr. Sam Nunberg? Maybe.
Devin Nunes, Dana Russiabacher, Paul Manafort, Seb Gorka, Rex Tillerson, Jason Chaffetz.
Hateful, retrograde policies uber alles.
Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions, the Mercers, the Kochs, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, the NRA and its spox, Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus.
Here to ride the ample coattails of Trumpy.
Kellyanne Conway, Hope Hicks, Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, Michael Cohen, Donald McGahn, George P, JD Gordon, Corey Lewandowski, Sarah Sanders, all three of his wives.
GRIFTERS, our longest category.
Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Steven Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, Betsy DeVos, Erik Prince, Elaine Chao, Scott Pruitt (also a nutjob), Ryan Z, Rupert Murdoch and the FOXers, Ben Carson (also nutjob), Steve Bannon again, etc.
This is a handy system of organizing these various villains, and will be helpful in the days ahead, when MOTIVE becomes super important. The opportunists, for example, will be the first to flip, and the least likely to serve prison terms.
We'll know soon if Mueller agrees.
I'd say white supremacists/racists generally are Ideologues, and crime families are Grifters.
I'd put General Kelly in the "Ideologue" camp, Pompeo in the Russia one, and Pruitt is obviously batshit insane.
Mattis is the ONLY individual in Trump's orbit not complicit.