First George Papadopoulos, then General Mike Flynn. Now Rick Gates has become the third member of Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign or transition team to plead guilty.
But y’all keep telling yourselves it’s all a hoax.
Trump’s deputy campaign chairman plead guilty to two felonies — one of making false statements (which is the same thing Papadopoulos and Flynn plead to) and one of conspiracy against the United States — for which he could still face up to 71 months.
We’ll say that again — conspiracy against the United States!
We’re no legal experts, but we’ve seen enough Law & Order to know that plea deals are for LESSER crimes than what they committed — and they’re given to folks who can testify against bigger fish.
In this case, the obvious bigger fish is Gates’ boss Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, whom Robert Mueller has indicted on charges including conspiracy, money-laundering, and tax evasion.
Gates is already cooperating, signing a statement in the plea deal admitting he conspired with Manafort “in a variety of criminal schemes.”
Manafort says he’s not going to flip and give up an even bigger fish, but excuse us if we don’t take a professional liar’s word for it…
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