The scene inside the White House since the news of ex-FBI Director James Comey’s memo proving that Trump committed an impeachable offense by trying to obstruct justice in the Trump/Russia investigation has been utter chaos, according to White House insiders working as Trump’s administration officials.
Several spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity and their accounts of how the news is being taken are not pleasant. In addition to describing the news having “a numbing effect” because of the endlessly cycling negative press on Trump, the officials also sounded both defeated and aware of the inevitability of Trump’s impeachment.
One senior official who spoke to The Daily Beast perhaps said it most succinctly:
‘I don’t see how Trump isn’t completely f*cked.’
After the negative press and public reaction to the firing of Comey, then news of Trump’s leaking of classified intelligence to the Russians, and now the devastating news of the Comey memo, another staffer said:
‘Every time I feel like we’re getting a handle on the last Russia fiasco, a new one pops. I guess I was wrong about the timing. We can’t even wrap up one Russia fiasco before we’re on to the next one.’
National Security attorney Brad Moss spoke to reporters by email and described the news of Trump’s actions as “politically devastating,” saying:
‘Even if there is some legal nuance that the President could rely upon to save himself here from an obstruction charge, the allegation (if true) is politically devastating. The President didn’t just walk up to the line, he stepped over it without a moment’s hesitation and threw aside decades of institutional precedent separating the FBI from the White House.’
Even Rep. Jason Chaffetz, head of the House Oversight Committee, who had previously refused calls for an investigation into the Trump/Russia scandal, found the news disturbing. Chaffetz announced on Twitter that he will subpoena the memo in order to investigate its veracity and the claims against the president.
.@GOPoversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready.
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) May 16, 2017
It seems Trump is truly backed into a corner with no way out. The president, quite uncharacteristically, has gone silent on Twitter instead of lashing out with excuses and redirection.
No one, it seems, can help Trump now.
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