When Donald Trump looks out across the landscape of his presidency, it must seem to him as though thousands of leftist spear tips were pointed at him, from every conceivable direction.
The tension, stress, and chaos of the White House at this point in time cannot be healthy. There are moles, rats, and other assorted vermin inhabiting the most sacred building in this nation, and no matter how often the President puts on his exterminator hat, they keep coming back.
The swamp isn’t just resisting being drained…it’s lashing back at the drainers, attempting to drown them in their monopoly of muck.
When the powerful get desperate, politics get ugly. We’re there.
Now, in a possibly astounding turn of events, one of the last holdouts against Special Counsel Robert Mueller has had at least a partial change of heart.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, sources familiar with the negotiations tell ABC News.
The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expense of trial, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions.
Manafort and his most senior defense attorneys spent more than four hours Thursday in discussions with a team of special prosecutors who are involved in the ongoing investigation into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
ABC News spotted the team arriving in a dark SUV Thursday morning, pulling into a secret entrance out of public view at the building where Special Counsel Robert Mueller is based.
If there is more to this story than a simple plea deal, and Manafort decides to flip, it could spell disaster for President Trump.
Even without the Russian collision angle, of which evidence has been wholly absent, Robert Mueller has carte blanche to investigate any issues “arising from” the collision investigation. Manafort’s dealings with Trump were not insignificant, and this could lead to an opening for Mueller to dig up whatever he wants to about the President of The United States.