Trump team terrified Brad Parscale will flip on them: report
Amid the crisis caused by President Donald Trump's chaotic presidential debate performance, he now has another obstacle to contend with: the devastating impact his former campaign manager Brad Parscale could have on his re-election.
Over the last five days, a lot has changed for Parscale and the Trump family fears he could be reaching his tipping point. On Sunday, Parscale made headlines following a domestic altercation and meltdown that, subsequently, led to his arrest.
The arrest came amid an ongoing investigation reportedly being conducted by the Trump campaign and Republican National Convention. Both parties allege Parscale stole more than $40 million from the presidential campaign and an additional $10 million from the Republican National Committee.
Now, the Trump family, along with the president's re-election campaign, fear Parscale could turn on them and opt to cooperate with law enforcement on "possible campaign finance violations."
"The family is worried Brad will start talking," the source said, according to Vanity Fair.
Concern about Parscale's next move came amid the announcement of his departure from the Trump campaign. In a statement released on Wednesday, Parscale attributed his immediate departure from the president's re-election to "overwhelming stress."
"I am stepping away from my company and any role in the campaign for the immediate future to focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress," Parscale said in a statement.
Parscale's wife, Candice, also spoke out on Wednesday with a statement of her own. Although she told law enforcement authorities on Sunday that her husband had been physically abusive, she now insists her statements have been "misconstrued" and her husband has never been violent.
"The statements I made on Sunday have been misconstrued, let it be clear my husband was not violent towards me that day or any day prior," she said.
The two have also released a joint statement about the ordeal saying, "We extend our thanks for everyone's thoughts and support during this difficult time for our family and we eagerly await all of the facts emerging."
The latest ordeal involving Parscale comes months after he was demoted as campaign manager following the president's underwhelming rally in Tulsa, Okla. In the days leading up to the highly anticipated rally, Parscale claimed more than one million Trump supporters had registered to attend the event. He also touted the possibility of massive turnout. However, the Tulsa Fire Department reported that only 6,200 Trump supporters attended the rally as photos and footage of the arena revealed mostly empty seats.
Almost immediately after reports surfaced about the rally, there was speculation Parscale would be held responsible for the lackluster event. Less than one month after the rally, Parscale was demoted.
Since then, Parscale has reportedly been concerned about how he will maintain his lavish lifestyle without the campaign cash flow.
The Daily Mail reported:
A Trump insider explained to DailyMail.com that Parscale went into a tailspin after he was demoted in July and replaced by his former number two, Bill Stepien, as he's worried about the 'gravy train' ending and keeping up with his lavish lifestyle.
But, despite numerous reports about the investigative probe into Parscale's financial activity, Trump campaign's communications director, Tim Murtaugh has refuted the claims saying, "It's utterly false. There is no investigation, no audit, and there never was."