President Donald Trump has told friends, according to NBC, that he thinks Manafort is close to flipping on him, and not only that but if he does, he would be incriminated and be impeached.
Because of this, Trump is now considering resigning from the White House, according to a former White House staff member who cites an unidentified journalist.
Claude Taylor, who served on the staff of President Bill Clinton, is also backing up the story.
Taylor refers to a private conversation with a reporter who apparently has yet to release the information independently, and says this reporter has at least two sources to defend the argument.
And only two hours later, other media released information of apparent relativity to Taylor’s. West Wing Reports, operated by former White House press corps member Paul Brandus, said former senior Republican official Michael Steele confirmed that Trump’s about to exit.
Of course, this all weighs in on what information Manafort is willing to give Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who is also said to be cooperating, is said to be a major factor in Trump’s decision, as well.
Behind the scenes, there is a domino effect going on. Mueller just got Gates to accept a plea deal that will have him testifying against Manafort, which in turn is designed to get Manafort to testify against Trump. It’s anybody’s guess what Manafort will do, but even if he doesn’t, Flynn is also collateral damage. That’s two dominoes that can fall against Trump. Both were extremely close to Trump during the campaign and in the White House, and one will be needed.
Don’t expect Trump to resign easily, though. These are just reports based on conversations he had with friends. Trump is too narcissistic for that. Even with the deck stacked against him, he will still plead innocence. He has a history of denying accounts, like marital infidelity, even though all the evidence shows to the contrary. In the end, Republicans still control the House and Senate, so Trump could still rely on those institutions even with new information about him being leaked.
With that said, word on the street is, whatever Manafort has on Trump, it’s pretty strong. A Democratic strategist is predicting that Trump will likely resign within two weeks if Manafort strikes a plea deal.