On Wednesday, Palmer Report made the argument that one of Donald Trump’s own top people is trying to take him down from within, by steering him toward self-inflicting decisions such as releasing the phone call summary and the whistleblower complaint. Now there’s even more evidence that this is the case, and we may be starting to get a greater sense of why.
This morning the WSJ reported that Mike Pence was opposed to releasing the summary of the phone call between Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine. It’s not difficult to figure out why. The release of the summary led to the release of the whistleblower complaint, which reveals that Pence is knee deep in the Ukraine scandal. It’s becoming clear that this could take Trump and Pence both down.
So who’s giving Donald Trump this terrible advice that’s accelerating the downfall of both Trump and Pence? It has to be someone Trump trusts. It can’t be Bill Barr, because these released documents incriminate Barr as well. This leaves us with the two key players who appear to be knee deep in the scandal, but who aren’t incriminated by the released documents. Hint: they’re the two people who were standing next to Trump during his impeachment press conference.
But as it turns out, Steve Mnuchin and Mike Pompeo also reportedly tried to convince Donald Trump not to release the phone call summary. So if everyone in this scandal was trying to convince Trump not to release it, just who convinced him to release it? Someone near the top of the Trump regime is trying to take Trump, Pence, Barr, and the whole gang down, as quickly as possible. And we don’t know who it is.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report