Manafort has only fooled himself, as he is now in line for obstruction of justice, and he has no idea what Mueller knows except in terms of his own interviews with the investigators.
I think Mueller is onto these scumbags, and Manafort who originally refused to cooperate and then flipped, perhaps as a mole, is currently sitting in jail hoping that Trump will pardon him…..but how long will Trump last once Mueller finally reveals what he has found out? And how will Manafort escape state courts?
And keep in mind that Manafort was found guilty on 8 counts not by Mueller but by a jury. Trump cannot pardon him without doing himself lethal injury, as this will be flying in the face of the American public, which the jury represents.
For the truth is, Trump is backed into a corner because he knows that Mueller knows a lot…but he doesn’t know what it is. And now with the Democrats in a position to investigate and put even more pressure on Trump, he may just crack like Humpty Dumpty, and all the kings’ horses and all the king’s men will not be able to put him together again…and in fact, they do not want to. They want him gone. That is why the Republican leaders all support the Mueller investigation…hoping for compelling evidence to allow them to turn on Trump as payback for the way he has insulted and humiliated all of them.
He has no more friends….just co-conspirators, who can turn against him to save their own skins. Even his family is hiding out, hoping to be forgotten when the shit hits the fan, hoping to be out of sight.
In my view, Manafort, out of arrogance, has put the noose around his own neck, and if Trump is true to form, he will in time throw Manafort under the bus as he has everyone else. Trump is very close to being all alone….which is exactly the condition by which unwanted rulers are forced out. And those few now trying to help him are themselves the lowest of the law, dirty trickster Stone, Swiftboater Corsi, and convicted felon Manafort
And just today, it was announced that Flynn, one of the original liars about contacts with (and payments from) Russia (he sat next to Putin), will not be doing time because of the “substantial assistance” he gave to the investigation, meaning the dirt on Trump he revealed…..and this also sends a message that you can escape prison if you co-operate, a tool used to extract the truth.
Thus Mueller has brilliantly played his hand and Trump is left with screaming “Witch hunt! Witch hunt!” as more and more witches are exposed and the noose tightens around Trump’s neck, growing tighter with each desperate denial.