A longtime ally of Donald Trump has already begun writing his political obituary.
Political strategist Roger Stone is writing a book chronicling Mr Trump’s tumultuous presidency, and he already has a title: “The Fall of Trump”.
That title, Mr Stone told Vanity Fair, corresponds with his sense that Mr Trump’s presidency is in peril but the President is not hearing “the truth about how bad things are”.
Multiple threats could derail Mr Trump, according to Mr Stone, including Robert Mueller’s investigation of potential collaboration between the Russian government and the Trump presidential campaign.
That probe has already penetrated Mr Trump’s inner orbit, leading to charges against multiple former campaign officials. Former campaign aide George Papadopoulos and former campaign surrogate Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Mr Trump’s National Security Adviser, have both pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI; former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges, calling them false and unfounded.
It is now “painfully obvious Mueller will bring charges,” Mr Stone told Vanity Fair.
“The only people who don’t seem to know it” are the President and his attorneys, Mr Stone said. One of those attorneys, Ty Cobb, said this week that Mr Mueller had concluded conducting interviews and told multiple outlets he hoped for an “appropriate and prompt conclusion”.
Mr Stone also singled out Nikki Haley, the Trump administration’s ambassador to the United Nations, who said over the weekend that women who have accused the President of sexual misconduct “should be heard”.
“Nikki Haley stuck a knife in his back,” Mr Stone said.
More than a dozen women have accused Mr Trump of unwanted advances, including unsolicited touching or kissing. Mr Trump and the White House have called those allegations false and dismissed the women as liars.
But dozens of Democratic legislators have called for hearings on the allegations. New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand has said Mr Trump should resign, drawing a broadside from the president.