There have been numerous reports that former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates has negotiated a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but that alone isn’t why this is very bad for Trump. It’s bad for Trump because this will likely lead to Paul Manafort having to cut a deal as well, and that’s where the wheels fall off.
According to CNN, Gates has already had his proffer interview during which he spilled all the details Mueller has been looking for. Once this meeting happens, there’s no turning back. The deal is done, so now Mueller has the same info that Gates has and we know he will move on it quickly.
Mueller is most likely working his way through the evidence and building his case even further against Paul Manafort. The years of their working together with the Kremlin on all sorts of projects directly links Gates to Manafort. His attorneys have to be scrambling since they know Gates is the one witness who could ultimately bring him down.
CNN points out, Once a plea deal is in place, Gates would become the third known cooperator in Mueller’s sprawling probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. It would also increase the pressure to cooperate on Gates’ co-defendant Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, who has pleaded not guilty to Mueller’s indictment and is preparing for a trial on alleged financial crimes unrelated to the campaign. Gates pleaded not guilty on October 30 alongside Manafort.
Here’s why this is extremely significant as it relates to Trump…
NBC News recently reported:
Donald Trump is telling friends and aides in private that things are going great — for him.
Some reasons: He’s decided that a key witness in the Russia probe, Paul Manafort, isn’t going to “flip” and sell him out, friends and aides say.
You can’t “flip” on someone unless there’s something to “flip” about. Trump was very comfortable that Manafort wasn’t going to “flip” on him, but that was before he knew Gates was cutting a deal with Mueller, which will lead to Manafort “flipping” as well, which has to have Trump scrambling right about now.