Now that two campaign staff members are on trial, and two others have reached plea deals and are working with the government, Trump seems to be feeling the heat. Robert Mueller’s investigation, which is now reportedly focused on Trump’s inner circle, Michael Flynn’s agreement with the government is especially troubling for the Trump administration, because unlike the other three, he was actually appointed to a high position in Trump’s government.
According to POLITICO, the situation has resulted in a culture of fear in the White House. Because Papadopoulos likely wore a wire for some time on behalf of the government, and Michael Flynn flipped, everyone is terrified they’re being recorded.
‘“Everyone is paranoid,” said a person close to Trump’s White House. “Everyone thinks they’re being recorded.”
‘Mueller is doing little to abate those suspicions. Tucked inside last week’s 10-page plea deal Flynn struck with government prosecutors is an agreement that the former White House national security adviser could avoid a potential lengthy jail term in part by “participating in covert law enforcement activities.”
‘“They’re probably shitting bricks,” said an attorney who represents a senior Trump aide caught up in the Russia investigation. “How can you not?”’
Although the paranoia is easy to understand, it’s likely unfounded. Law enforcement cannot record someone who already has a lawyer representing them on the issue. Now that almost everyone connected to the Russia scandal has lawyered up, there’s probably no real point to covert taping. It would endanger the case, and as Mueller has shown time and time again, he’s a consummate professional.
In fact, what they should really be worried about is past conversations they’ve had that Mueller might have evidence or recordings of. It’s a sure bet that team Trump is wracking their brains trying to think of any incriminating information they may have let go.
As POLITICO goes on to report:
‘“It’s tough waters to navigate from a prosecutor-investigator point of view to put a spy in the camp at this juncture when everyone is represented by counsel. It’s doable. It’s just very tricky and probably not very productive,” said a former federal prosecutor closely tracking the Russia case. “I think everyone is treating everyone else as if they’re radioactive.”’
In other words, it’s incredibly unlikely that anybody in the Trump White House is being recorded currently, yet that hasn’t stopped them from being at one another’s throats. In a way, it’s poetic justice. It will be interesting to see who sings on who once more handcuffs come out.
The depth of the Trump administration’s paranoia should come as no surprise. Months ago, Trump made it obviously that paranoia (and delusions) would dominate his White House:
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