On Friday, we learned that former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had begun cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. This was a startling revelation, which suggested that people had begun flipping on each other in the case, prompting Mueller to skip all the way up the food chain to Priebus. It turns out he’s not the only major Trump-Russia player who’s now cooperating with Mueller.
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer spent all day Monday with Robert Mueller, according to a Politico report (link). No further details about the meeting have been provided, but the most crucial detail has already been exposed: the meeting lasted an entire day. That means Spicer is now cooperating with the investigation. Moreover, as Mueller and Spicer were able to get through a full day of interviewing, without either of them feeling the need to end things prematurely, it means that Spicer is still cooperating.
We’re now in a position where both Priebus and Spicer are cooperating with the Special Counsel investigating Donald Trump. This doesn’t guarantee that they’ve outright flipped against Trump, or cut deals. But they’re both facing potential conspiracy to obstruct justice charges, based on the conversations they had with Trump about covering up Donald Trump Jr’s Russia meeting. Priebus and Spicer are career RNC people, with no personal loyalty to Trump, a relationship which was made far worse when he coaxed them both into resigning within a few days of each other in July.
In other words, it now very much appears that Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus are both on a path to flipping on Donald Trump, so they can emerge from the Trump-Russia scandal without a criminal record. The testimony of one of them would be enough to prove Trump guilty of obstruction of justice. The testimony of them both would be the ballgame.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report