Donald Trump treated his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus so poorly that the jokes were flying about his inevitable firing from the day he was hired. Trump treated his Press Secretary Sean Spicer so poorly that it was the stuff of Saturday Night Live sketches. Trump disloyally ran them both off just to bring in a replacement who only lasted eleven days. This is the part where Priebus and Spicer get their revenge – and it turns out to be a dish served very, very cold.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now targeting six Donald Trump staffers who were involved in Trump’s decision to instruct his son to lie about his Russia meeting. This means Mueller views it as obstruction of justice on Trump’s part. Further, it likely means that Mueller is willing to use the threat of ancillary criminal charges against the six advisers in order to get them to flip on Trump.
Some of those advisers still work for Trump, and may still be under his spell, willing to remain silent in exchange for the promise of a pardon. But it just so happens that two of the six advisers being targeted are – you guessed it – Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus. Maybe they resent Donald Trump enough that they want to take him down just to get their revenge, and maybe they’ve moved on from their resentment. But here’s the bottom line: they certainly no longer trust Trump to be loyal to his word.
So when Priebus and Spicer find themselves having to decide whether to flip on Trump in exchange for immunity from Mueller, or remain silent in exchange for the promise of a pardon from Trump, which one do you think they’ll choose? There is simply no way that these two guys would trust Trump with their future and freedom at this point. If Mueller has indeed found grounds to threaten them with viable criminal charges, they will indeed flip on him – and it may happen quickly.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report