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'Art of the Deal' writer predicts that Trump will resign by the end of the year

A writer who has known President Trump for three decades thinks his time in the White House is almost up.

Tony Schwartz spent 18 months ghostwriting Trump's bestselling 1987 memoir "The Art of the Deal," which was based on Schwartz's interviews with the brash New York developer who dominated the tabloids.

After Trump's insurgent presidential campaign gathered steam last year, Schwartz became one of his most outspoken critics. The author said he deeply regretted his role in shaping Trump's public image.

Over the last two years, Schwartz has tweeted about what he learned while working with Trump in the 1980s. On Thursday, he took to Twitter to make a brash prediction of his own: Trump will resign from office before the year is over.

"Trump is going to resign and declare victory before Mueller and congress leave him no choice," he tweeted. "Trump's presidency is effectively over."

Robert Mueller III, a former director of the FBI, is leading a criminal investigation of whether anyone in the Trump campaign cooperated with Russian intelligence during the race last year.

Four Congressional committees also are investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election through hacking of Democratic Party emails and other tactics. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow's goal was to help Trump win. 

A day earlier, Schwartz gave his take on Trump's comments since the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

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