All these things pushing Trumpty to the ledge. Like Omarosa and her book and a few tapes and then this past week Bob Woodward’s book Fear, both supporting frequent reporting of a witless president in a wacky White House. Of course, the account of Watergate press hero Woodward is to be much more respected, but Omarosa’s credibility could be bolstered by more tapes.
Either way it is all grease for Trumpty’s slippery slope. The plea deals of former fixer/sort-of-personal lawyer Michael Cohen and, just a few days ago, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort seem likely to generate numerous revelations that will push Trump over the edge.
Some time ago Cohen offered all sorts of info to the feds in hopes of preventing a prison cell from becoming a permanent home. And now Trump campaign manager (for a crucial five months) Paul Manafort has decided to take his chances with clemency in a similar fashion.
Talk about knowing where all the bodies are buried. These guys have run the cemetery.
I have assumed Manafort was gambling on a pardon. Why else would he deny everything in his first court case that led to several convictions? But the odds seem to have changed in his mind. Trusting Trump on anything is iffy (unless what is good for you is great for him), but there is an additional consideration now.
This plea shows Manafort placing his chips on some clemency from Mueller if he comes clean rather than a pardon from Trump if he doesn’t.
Perhaps he has concluded Trump might not be around to grant him that pardon.