Even as they fundraise off the Impeachment Inquiry, chaos reigns in the WH.
- The White House is “paralyzed” and “teetering on the edge of a cliff” in the wake of an explosive whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president, a White House official told Insider.
- A senior US official backed up that characterization, describing the mood within the White House as “a category 5 storm.”
- Complicating things is the outsize role Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is playing in the controversy, as well as Trump’s public comments on the matter. “We’re just waiting for Hurricane Rudy to stop obliterating everything in its path,” the White House official told Insider.
Trump needs a “defense that doesn’t look like it was put together by a bunch of pissed off pre-schoolers,” said a former White House official. “You can’t go around screaming ‘fake news’ and ‘witch hunt’ when you yourself put the evidence out there. It doesn’t work that way.”
Why isn’t Congressman Adam Schiff being brought up on charges for fraudulently making up a statement and reading it to Congress as if this statement, which was very dishonest and bad for me, was directly made by the President of the United States? This should never be allowed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019
why do you hate America? why do you hate our constitution? why do you remain so ignorant about the ways laws work in this country? why do you imagine that you are some kind of sawed-off autocratic despot? why are you so broken inside? who broke you? asking for 65 million friends
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) October 1, 2019
The attorney general’s active role also underscores the degree to which a nearly three-year-old election still consumes significant resources and attention inside the federal government. Current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials expressed frustration and alarm Monday that the head of the Justice Department was taking such a direct role in reexamining what they view as conspiracy theories and baseless allegations of misconduct.
Separately, John Durham is taking a broader look at the actions of intelligence agencies overseas and domestically. Durham has a long record of being tasked with difficult investigations that involve the CIA or other intelligence agencies. His past investigations have often lasted years, so it’s unclear when Durham’s review might wrap up, but it is unlikely to be soon, said people familiar with the matter who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue.
Before Durham’s appointment, another U.S. attorney was tasked with reviewing the Clinton email investigation, but the results of that work are still unknown. The multiple investigations show just how much the political conflict of 2016 continues to be an obsession within the government.
Last week, The Washington Post reported that State Department security officials were reexamining aspects of the Clinton email investigation, in which State Department business was conducted on Clinton’s private server when she was secretary of state.
This is starting to really piss me off because Trump, Barr, and Pompeo are trying to help the Russians by changing the narrative of the Meuller Report. Plus, they most likely want Manafort Pardoned. They are all #Russianassets. https://t.co/f2JRO6GCc4
— Sharon (@minrberts) October 1, 2019
There’s no trying. It’s happening. And this map is closer to the truth. pic.twitter.com/I87nsAbdID
— Bryce Tache 🇺🇸 (@brycetache) October 1, 2019
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) September 30, 2019
I’m holding out hope that when I read the SDNY brief tomorrow this will make sense in some way other than it seems right now – namely that Barr is controlling SDNY in ways never before seen & using it as part of the Trump protection racket. https://t.co/VZIC411EJL
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) October 1, 2019
— Zara Rahim (@ZaraRahim) October 1, 2019
Woman gives Secretary Pompeo cheese in Rome. Italian Prime Minister Conte has woman removed. pic.twitter.com/2iZ8cNasxQ
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 1, 2019
— Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) October 1, 2019
RandCorp, Christopher Paul and Miriam Matthews: (2016): The Russian "Firehose of Falsehood" Propaganda Model https://t.co/mzfsDK5eU1
— Auriandra (@Auriandra) October 1, 2019