Former White House staffer: amid Mike Flynn immunity request, Donald Trump is considering resigning

Now that Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser is offering to testify in Trump’s Russia scandal in exchange for immunity, it significantly narrows the path for Trump managing to survive the scandal himself. Flynn is essentially admitting he’s guilty just by asking for immunity, and such a deal will only be granted if Flynn can take down a bigger fish; that fish would be Trump. So it doesn’t come as a total shock to see a credible report tonight that Donald Trump is considering resigning.

Claude Taylor, who worked on three presidential campaigns and served on President Bill Clinton’s White House staff, tweeted the following this evening: “An ind journalist I have worked with-who has been reliable-says they have 2 sources that say Trump is considering options-incl resignation.” Here’s the tweet in its proper formatting:

Although retweets aren’t automatically endorsements, Claude Taylor’s tweet was retweeted by Harvard Law Professor and constitutional expert Laurence Tribe, who added his own thoughts:

So what does this really mean? We have a former White House staffer, with a solid track record of his own, revealing that a journalist he trusts has multiple inside sources that say Donald Trump is considering resigning from the White House. You’ll have to take that for whatever you think it’s worth. But it’s remarkable that we’re even at the point where credible reports like this are now surfacing. It’s difficult to imagine Trump resigning without an immunity deal of his own in place, so don’t expect immediacy. But this does suggest inevitability. Contribute to Palmer Report

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  1. Claudia Groh on March 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Oh what a dream!
    But then what Pence? Yuck!
    He is just as evil as Trump but with snake eyes and condensing grin!
    And I think he is tight with Bannon!
    Please make kids go with him!!!!!

  2. John Wallach on March 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    If he resigns, Pence has to go with him.

  3. J. Marek on March 30, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Fingers crossed for the scandal to reach deeper than Trump. There’s about 15 or 20 more that need to go.

  4. Charmaine Keller on March 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Well…now that Gen. Mike Flynn has asked for immunity, tramp would be wise to get out before he gets thrown in jail….if even that will keep him out.

  5. Mary kelleher on March 30, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Oh please just go away

  6. Deborah eggers on March 30, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Wow! Knew he would not stay for more than a year but things are moving more quickly than I imagined.

  7. Edward Wright on March 30, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I don’t believe Trump would ever resign. His ego wouldn’t allow it. He would rather drag the country down with him.

  8. Willow Arune on March 30, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    If Trump resigns, he will only do so under a blanket immunity from Pence – like Ford gave Nixon. Also,Trump will try for a finanical settlement of some sort

  9. Rose Meade on March 30, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    IF Donald does resign, does it mean WE still have to have ALL of the people in Trump’s administration in OUR White House? Or will there be changes in the Departments? Like NO more Bannon, Conway, Pruitt, and etc?

    • Bill Palmer on April 8, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Most of that would be at the discretion of Mike Pence.

  10. chris on March 30, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I have so much respect for your site and what you’re doing. Thank you.

  11. Larry on March 31, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Speculation: Nunes went to WH to be informed Trump would resign if he could be pardoned by Pence when he did.
    Nunes cleared that with others then went back the next day to tell Trump what they decided.
    It would explain why he shut down the House investigation and why it didn’t directly involve the committee.
    He knows that Flynn will pin (Trump) and the Russian collusion.
    This Saturday would be an appropriate time.

  12. Brandon on March 31, 2017 at 12:46 am

    I’m kind of surprised he didn’t resign before he took the oath. I truly don’t believe he ever wanted to win. His ego just took over when he realized that his hate speech was being eaten up and that he actually had a chance. What he really wants is his jet set life back, as evidenced by his non-stop trips to Mar-a-Lago. Incidentally, my high school had a few dances there in the 90’s. It was so beautiful. I’d hate to see what Trump’s gaudy sense of taste has done to such a historical and architectural masterpiece.

  13. Michael C on March 31, 2017 at 1:11 am

    That’s why he has put his family in the white house. To possibly give them immunity based on executive privilege ??

  14. dan on March 31, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Resignation cannot be the end of this. The Justice Dept. must prosecute this. Otherwise, Trump WINS. He’ll get to say he was president, he’ll get to keep his .05% of Rosneft, and he’ll get to continue his lavish life after walking away from the biggest crime in presidential history.

  15. Peedee Wyre on March 31, 2017 at 3:01 am

    The plot thickens.
    Or as an ADHD adult with a 5th-grade reading ability might put it: “The thot plickens.” Meanwhile, yon lean-and-hungry Mikhail Pensky sharpens his blade… Verily, we live in parlous times.

  16. Daniel Berry, NYC on March 31, 2017 at 3:02 am

    I imagine he has to weigh whether the heat from Moscow will be more dangerous if he stays or if he resigns.

  17. C.J. Herman on March 31, 2017 at 4:55 am

    I hope he takes Pence with him.

  18. Cheryl Casillas on March 31, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Trump and everyone involved needs to go to prison for treason. Don’t let them off the easy way

  19. Margie on March 31, 2017 at 6:56 am

    In the words of Sir. Paul McCartney, “It’s gonna’ be a great day….and it won’t be long…no no it won’t be long…It’s gonna’ be a GREAT DAY.” #45 is the kind of person that would rather resign under some feigned excuse rather than take a chance on being forced out publicly causing him to be embarrassed and humiliated.

  20. Tc on March 31, 2017 at 7:17 am

    He doesn’t need immunity. Just an agreement that Pence will pardon him and off he goes.

  21. Subha reddy on March 31, 2017 at 7:22 am


  22. wesley rodgers on March 31, 2017 at 7:53 am

    A pleasant enough thought, but I can’t see him losing face. Even if he does resign, Pence will step up to the plate. The slightly lesser of two evils.

  23. Jennie ballew on March 31, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Get them out liars and con artists

  24. Frederick J Nialetz on March 31, 2017 at 9:29 am

    the whole cabinet must go including Pence

  25. Diane Ellis-McRoberts on March 31, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Do NOT give trump immunity!

  26. Dave N on March 31, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Remember Gerald Ford / A likeable and honest man who did the ‘right’ thing for his country?

  27. Hockeyboy on March 31, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I think you’re failing to forget one very, very, very important thing.

    Flynn worked for Obama too. And Obama fired him for insubordination.

  28. Apple Jackson on March 31, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    That would be so awesome, but I believe is wishful thinking. First of all, I don’t think 45 is smart enough to resign.

  29. Paul Silvan on March 31, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Flynn’s request for immunity pretty much confirms that felonious acts were INDEED committed by tRump and/or his administration.

  30. Joe Larkin on March 31, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    It’s not nice to play this way, Donnie. They’re gonna take everything away, and nothing will work in your favor, ever again, if and when they release you from prison.

  31. Wayne C Fox on March 31, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I am not counting out Pense as being complicit in this as well. I believe it to be BS that he didn’t know about Flynn’s extracurricular activities before Flynn “LIED” to him. I can’t say that I put to much stock in this report of the resignation talk but I am old enough to see this dog and pony show before. I watched the entire Nixon debacle unfold in 1973 and anything is possible.

  32. Sue E on March 31, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I strongly believe that, if DJT resigns or is impeached, his successor will pardon him. Mark my words.

  33. Loweta J Carroll on March 31, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Don’t just stand there, get a pen!

  34. Chris Nicholson on March 31, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    “It’s difficult to imagine Trump resigning without an immunity deal of his own in place,…”
    NO DEAL for Trump. Charged with treason, he won’t need to resign. He can go straight from the White House to the Big House.

  35. Peter on April 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Wishful thinking. Trump won’t resign for at about another year. Let’s hope we can wait that long.

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