‘Good Morning. Are You Wired?’: Panic Seizes Trump’s White House As Russia Probe Intensifies
Panic and anxiety are consuming the Trump White House with staffers increasingly preoccupied with special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, despite reassurances from President Trump’s lawyer Ty Cobb that they “will be protected.”
After seeing Trump throwing his former associates, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and Greg Papadopoulos, under the bus to protect himself, White House view the reassurances as “naive,” according to The Washington Post.
A source close to the White House told the Post that staffers nervously joke with each other, saying, “Good morning. Are you wired?”
Top administration officials, including Vice President Pence, have hired lawyers amid the probe.
The report comes after Mueller’s investigation has intensified in recent weeks.
Mueller announced last month that Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates have been charged with money laundering and conspiracy against the U.S., among other things, while former foreign policy adviser to the campaign George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to misleading the FBI about his past contacts with Russian government officials.
The White House has said the charges against Manafort are not related to them, and that Papadopoulos was a low-level figure in the campaign.
Mueller’s team has already interviewed former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer.
The Post also reported that Mueller is preparing to interview White House communications director Hope Hicks in the coming days.