One member of the Trump campaign’s inner circle, George Papadapolous, has already pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his ties to Russian government officials during the Trump campaign. Two more, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, have been arrested and are currently under house arrest. Yet another, Carter Page, testified under oath to Congress on Tuesday that he had lied about his involvement with Russia during the campaigns as well as the campaign’s knowledge of his actions. Former national security adviser to Trump, Michael Flynn, is rumored to be the next to be indicted and even Trump’s son, Donald, Jr., and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are facing legal woes as a result of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Is it any wonder, then, that the planned mass exit of many more Trump administration officials seems imminent?
Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the Democratic Coalition Against Trump and a political campaigner for the past 13 years, has been surprisingly accurate in his reports of insider information. From early reports of looming indictments and Senate investigations, Dworkin has had far more hits than misses in his predictions based on his reported communications with White House insiders.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s resignation has seemed imminent almost from the beginning of his nomination by Trump. He drew Trump’s ire after it was revealed that he had lied to Congress during his confirmation hearings about numerous meetings with Russian government officials. Trump tweeted his anger at Sessions’s for recusing himself from decisions involving the investigation into alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaigns, calling the long-time senator and avid Trump supporter “beleagured.”
Since then, Sessions has faced even more controversy after campaign adviser Carter Page testified before Congress that he and Sessions had also lied about Russian contacts during the campaign. Sessions insisted that he had absolutely no knowledge of anyone involved in the campaign colluding with Russian government operatives, but Page nixed that denial with proof that he had told Sessions about visits to Russia during the campaign. Since then, Trump has publicly ranted about his “disappointment” with Sessions and the Department of Justice for their refusal to investigate Trump’s 2016 political rival, Hillary Clinton, for any and all scandals Trump and the Republicans can dream up against her to distract from the illegal activities of his own campaign staff.
Education secretary Betsy DeVos’s resignation is not only rumored by Dworkin, Salon is also reporting that it is expected soon. DeVos is one of the expected resignations that are not a result of Mueller’s Russia investigation, but her own incompetence. Thomas Toch, the director of an independent education think tank, told reporters:
‘She can’t fill her senior staff slots. Morale is terrible at the department…I’ll tell you, in Washington education circles, the conversation is already about the post-DeVos landscape, because the assumption is she won’t stay long. I think she’s been probably one of the most ineffective people to ever hold the job.’
Like Treasure Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price (who has since resigned over the controversy), is under fire for his waste of taxpayer money due to his use of private jets as a federal government official. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has been exposed as having deep financial and personal ties with Russia and faces inquiries by Mueller as well as Congress regarding those ties.
Former Utah Governor and current U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, has taken the unpopular stance among Trump’s administration of saying there is “no question” that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential elections and has faced backlash by Trump and his supporters as a result. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also been a focus of Trump’s rage, including being named in tweets by Trump about Tillerson “wasting his time,” publicly castigating his own secretary of state. The relationship between the two has been somewhat contentious since reports that Tillerson called Trump a “moron” in front of his staff, a claim Tillerson has still not denied.
Is it any wonder at this point that mass resignations are expected? The only question is whether or not anyone in the Trump administration will still be standing at the end of Trump’s first term…if he even makes it that far.
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