John Dean, who was serving as White House counsel for former President Richard Nixon warned that former Trump campaign adviser Richard Gates could be the end for President Donald Trump, with his testimony against Manafort.
“Mueller is throwing everything he can against Manafort, including Gates who can nail him. Increasingly it appears Manafort is the link to Russian collusion,” Dean wrote on Twitter, adding that “if Gates can testify that Manafort was acting with Trump’s blessings, it’s the end of his presidency. That’s substantial.”
Last week as part of a deal that will lower his sentence Gates pleaded guilty to special counsel Robert Mueller who is leading the investigation into Russian election interference.
The Hill reports that Gates pleaded guilty on two federal charges brought against him by Mueller’s team, the first one being a conspiracy against the United States and the second charge is making false statements to FBI agents in the Russian interference investigation.
According to the court documents, as part of the plea deal, Gates agreed to cooperate “fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly,” with the special counsel’s office as well as other law enforcement officials.
Before the plea deal was signed there was speculation that Gates would plead guilty and cooperate in Mueller’s probe, which made him a key witness who could testify in the several charges filed against Manafort. Gates testimony is expected to put pressure on Manafort in order for him to cooperate in Mueller’s probe.
Meanwhile Dean said in another tweet that people have “expressed concern in this Manafort thread that Trump will pardon him.”
“Many of the counts in both the VA and DC indictments have state law counterparts that can be charged in NY and VA, where Trump had no pardon power. Checkmate is coming for Paul Manafort,” he tweeted.
Dean in the past on several times has warned that Trump is “more dangerous” than Nixon ever was.