Following Donald Trump Jr.’s email release, many within the media, as well as a plethora of Democrats, are saying that we now have evidence that the senior members of the Trump campaign did in fact at least try to collude with Russia. It’s hard to dispute such allegations after Trump Jr.’s emails showed that he seemed almost giddy about meeting with Russians in order to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton and the DNC.
The Trump Jr. story came about after as many as five individuals with ties to the White House reported to the New York Times that such a meeting did take place. Now the White House is reportedly in chaos as senior members of the Administration begin to try and route out the leaks from within their own ranks.
According to an ally of Trump, the White House is in total chaos like a “Category 5 hurricane”. Many within the administration are pointing to either Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his staff, or Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort as the source of the leaks to the New York Times. Both men had access to the emails, and according to reports, Kushner’s lawyer had discovered the email chain within the last few weeks. On the other hand, Manafort had recently brought up the meeting to congressional investigators.
There are also reports that The President’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, has become fed up with Kushner, who he claims is only looking out for himself. Kasowitz has allegedly threatened to resign over Kushner’s role within the administration. Additionally, there seems to be a feeling of helplessness within the White House as staff who had nothing to do with the Russia mess are afraid of getting wrapped into it, requiring them to hire expensive attorneys.
This chaos is likely to only increase in the weeks and months ahead as new leaks emerge and the Mueller team begins digging deeper into what seems like a broadening investigation.