Day 1,350: Tacitly admitting federal crimes, Trump team worried ex-campaign manager Parscale will flip

History has not been kind to one-time members of Donald Trump’s campaign teams. Paul Manafort: indicted and convicted. Steve Bannon: arrested, charged, pending trial. Brad Parscale: arrested and detained after armed standoff with police and after threatening suicide allegedly beating his wife.

Parscale was fired in July after Trump was unhappy with poll numbers, a disastrous campaign event in Tulsa and lavish spending. Parscale raked tens of millions of dollars into his own pockets and funneled hundreds of millions of dollars elsewhere.

That has the Trump team very concerned. Like, tacitly admitting they committed campaign finance violations concerned, especially since Parscale is already reportedly under investigation.

According to the source close to the campaign, the Trump family is worried that Parscale could turn on them and cooperate with law enforcement about possible campaign finance violations. “The family is worried Brad will start talking,” the source said.

The obvious question: if there’s no illegality, what is Trump’s team worried about? The guy who didn’t commit a robbery isn’t concerned about his neighbor talking to the police. The executive who didn’t commit insider trading isn’t worried about his secretary talking to the FBI. But Trump’s team and family are worried about the guy who sent hundreds of millions of dollars in different directions, including a good chunk of that to already obviously sketchy places.

The risk to many in Trump’s orbit is serious. One complaint from a nonprofit alleged that the Trump campaign engaged in “schemes [that] have disguised millions in payments to companies engaged in significant work for the campaign, as well as payments to Trump family members or senior campaign staff like Lara Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle.”

The former campaign manager — and senior adviser until he stepped down Wednesday — has been with Trump since early 2015 when he created the website for Trump’s exploratory campaign. Much in the way Trump scoffed away Manafort’s involvement with his campaign when shit hit the fan, the Trump team is trying to erase all traces of Parscale.

Since Tuesday, the campaign has removed a video of Parscale from the homepage of its “Army for Trump” election monitoring operation. It also deleted a page on the main campaign website featuring a video of Parscale and Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and senior campaign adviser. The video of their discussion, billed as a Q&A on the state of the campaign, has also been removed from YouTube. Those deletions were first flagged on Twitter by the writer Jeryl Bier.

Like everything else over the past four years, Trump has surrounded himself with some of the worst, least-equipped and most corrupt people in the country. When things go south, as they so often do, Trump and his team hope for continued fealty and reward it. If a regretful and talkative person emerges, however, the Trump machine is ready to slander and distance themselves as quickly as possible.

1,350 days in, 112 to go

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