Over the weekend Palmer Report pointed out that Donald Trump was coming off his worst week ever, thanks to the conviction of Paul Manafort, the plea deal by Michael Cohen, and the immunity deals handed out to two people who know Trump’s dirtiest secrets. We also explained that almost by definition, this week would end up being even worse for him, because once an avalanche like that gets started, it only serves to speed up. Sure enough it’s only Monday evening, and this week has already gotten even worse for Trump and his Russia scandal.
First came the news this afternoon that even as Donald Trump was publicly praising Paul Manafort for being “brave” by not cutting a plea deal against him, Manafort was indeed trying to cut a plea deal behind the scenes. From the sound of it, Special Counsel Robert Mueller simply doesn’t need Manafort’s cooperation badly enough to hand him an overly lenient deal. This means that Manafort is trying to sell Trump out, and that Mueller is even further along with his case against Trump than we thought. Then it got worse.
Trump’s oldest friend Roger Stone suddenly announced, in oddly specific fashion, that no one witnessed Stone telling Trump all about the WikiLeaks collusion during October of 2016. The only two reasons for Stone to say something like this are if the story is true and it’s about to get published, or if Stone is making it up because he’s trying to blackmail Trump into bailing him out before he cuts a deal. Either way, this is bad news for Trump.
This all came in the midst of a humiliating scene for Donald Trump in which he tried to snub John McCain this morning by prematurely raising the American flag over the White House, only to end up having to cave to public pressure by lowering it to half staff again later in the day. This day just keeps getting worse for Donald Trump – and it’s still only 9pm
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report