There has never been a good time to be a Donald Trump loyalist; he’s consistently demonstrated that he’s willing to throw anyone and anything under the bus in order to further his own personal greater glory. But it’s now a particularly bad time to be one of the advisers who loyally carried out his agenda during the 2016 election – and some of them are now complaining openly that he’s flat out screwing them when it comes to his Russia scandal.
Even as federal investigators continue to try to determine which of Trump’s campaign advisers may have been co-conspirators or witnesses in his election collusion with Russia, many of those advisers have had to hire specialized attorneys to represent them. That’s running up huge legal bills for them, according to a Washington Examiner report (link). This doesn’t come as a surprise, considering how these things work. But what is shocking is that some of Trump’s advisers appear to have honestly believed that he would bail them out financially – and now they’re bitterly complaining.
Among those complaining to the Examiner are former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo, who says “It’s very expensive and nobody’s called me and offered to help,” in a seeming shot at Donald Trump. Another adviser who has gone nameless is saying that Trump has “hung us out to dry”. Some of the campaign advisers in question have been caught having met with the Russian government during the election and then lying about those meetings.
Others may have conspired with Donald Trump to cover up or obstruct the Russia scandal. Still other advisers may simply be material witnesses. But at this point, everyone currently or formerly in Trump’s inner political circle is now facing the prospect of having to pay a hefty price for it. Trump, ever the scheming penny-stealing con artist, was never going to lift a finger to help any of them out with their bills.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report