February 18, 2018 5:40 pm -

First, he had to backtrack on Russian interference in the 2016 election. That alone would make big baby Donald Trump a tad colic-y, but he’s been unable to control those telling rage-tweets this weekend. It’s looking as if he’ll have to give up the “no collusion, no collusion, did I tell you no collusion with Russia, believe me…” schtick, because he probably knew this was going down before taking off for Florida this weekend…

A former top aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days – and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul J. Manafort Jr., the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign.

The change of heart by Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, Richard W. Gates III, who had pleaded not guilty after being indicted in October on charges similar to Manafort’s, was described in interviews by people familiar with the case.

Gates knows everything about what his former boss, Paul “I Heart Ex-Soviet Oligarchs” Manafort, was up to during the 2016 Trump presidential campaign — and had contact with the White House after Trump started trashing the place.

The imminent change of Gates’ plea follows negotiations over the last several weeks between Green and two of Mueller’s prosecutors – senior assistant special counsels Andrew Weissmann and Greg D. Andres.
According to a person familiar with those talks, Gates, a longtime political consultant, can expect “a substantial reduction in his sentence” if he fully cooperates with the investigation. He said that Gates is apt to serve about 18 months in prison.

It might even be that Mueller and his team no longer need Manafort to go after bigger fish!

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.