Friday open thread—Singing like a canary

Friday open thread—Singing like a canary

As I was eating my granola and drinking my fair trade organic coffee, news broke that Paul Manafort's co-conspirator Rick Gates has flipped like a flapjack.

A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign indicted by the special counsel was expected to plead guilty as soon as Friday afternoon, according to two people familiar with his plea agreement, a move that signals he is cooperating with the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

The adviser, Rick Gates, is a longtime political consultant who once served as Mr. Trump’s deputy campaign chairman. The plea deal could be a significant development in the investigation — a sign that Mr. Gates plans to offer incriminating information against his longtime associate and the former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, or other members of the Trump campaign in exchange for a lighter punishment.

Of course, this is all to put pressure on Manafort to avoid dying in jail, which he will most assuredly do. (And we don't even know if Special Counsel Robert Mueller, aka Bobby Three Sticks, has even more up his sleeve with which to charge Manafort.) Will Manafort depend on the good graces of Donald Trump to give him a pardon? That pardon will be meaningless against state charges, which will undoubtedly come. The clock is now ticking, and Manafort doesn't have much time left.

When Mueller issued his initial indictments, the Right was crowing that they were such low-level crimes that it must have been all he had. As usual, they were morons. Mueller was just biding his time to deliver an uppercut. Gates waved his hands and cried "No mas!". Will Manafort throw in the towel? Stay tuned.



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