As Special Counsel Robert Mueller moves ever closer to indicting more members of the 2016 Trump campaign — including members of President Donald Trump’s family — the president is increasingly lashing out at others, even one of his attorneys, Rudy Giuliani, for the situation.
“Over the weekend, Trump blamed Giuliani for the entire Russia probe. According to a person to whom the conversation was described, Trump loudly said to his lawyer: ‘It’s your fault! I offered you attorney general, but you insisted on being secretary of state. Had I picked you none of this would be happening. (The White House declined to comment.)”
The president’s deepest fears in recent days seem to be focused on his son, Don Jr., who met with Russian operatives in June of 2016 at Trump Tower to discuss acquiring damaging information about Hillary Clinton. That meeting may well prove that the Trump campaign did indeed conspire with Russia to influence the election:
“A lot of what’s driving Trump’s ire, White House advisers said, is Trump’s growing realization that his previous legal team, Ty Cobb and John Dowd, made a strategic error in waiving executive privilege to cooperate fully with Mueller. But Trump being Trump, he won’t admit to making this mistake, so he directs blame onto others. Another theory for what’s motivating Trump’s increasingly unhinged tweets is that Mueller may be closing in on his son Don Jr. ‘A lot of what Trump is doing is based on the fact [that] Mueller is going after Don Jr.,’ a person close to the Trump family told me. ‘They’re squeezing Don Jr. right now.'”
All of this suggests that Trump may sense he’s boxed in on all sides, and that’s causing him to lash out at others:
“Privately, Trump blames his precarious position on the people who work for him. Trump’s fury at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, already raging, has been stoked thanks to Sessions’s refusal to resign after months of public abuse. ‘You can’t talk to Trump without him bringing up Sessions,’ one adviser said.”
Of course, Trump could end all of the worry with one simple act: By immediately resigning his office.
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