Conflicting reports keep surfacing this weekend as to whether Donald Trump will or won’t try to invoke executive privilege to prevent former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before Congress on Thursday. This conflicting reporting may be a result of the conflict that’s currently playing out within the White House itself, which has dissolved into internal shouting matches.
That’s the word from political insider Jon Cooper, who shared the following today: “WH source: Shouting matches in WH about whether Trump should invoke executive privilege to try to prevent Comey’s testimony before Senate.”
🔥🔥🔥WH source: Shouting matches in WH about whether Trump should invoke executive privilege to try to prevent Comey's testimony before Senate
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) June 3, 2017
This dovetails with earlier reports of internal turmoil within Donald Trump’s White House senior staff. Communications Director Mike Dubke resigned this week. Kellyanne Conway’s husband bowed out of his long pending White House job offer, raising questions about her own job security. This all comes amid louder whispers than ever that Sean Spicer is on his way out, as Reince Priebus may be on his way out as well. So it’s not shocking to hear that Trump’s already on-edge staff is now engaged in shouting matches.
But for all the internal White House conflict over the question of whether Donald Trump should invoke executive privilege, it’s already well established that he can’t legally do it, as we’ve previously reported (link). So the Trump team appears to be fighting amongst itself over something that’s a moot point to begin with. Follow Palmer Report on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report