During the course of the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and various Congressional committees into the 2016 election, one name has remained conspicuously absent: Eric Trump, who is currently in charge of running the Trump Organization with his brother, Don Jr.
Now, however, Eric’s name has entered the conversation over a possible conspiracy between members of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.
Business Insider reports that Brad Parscale, who served as digital director for the 2016 Trump campaign, was apparently angered by the Michael Wolff book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, so he posted this on Twitter:
Truth: Jared Kushner and @EricTrump were joint deputy campaign managers to @realDonaldTrump. Nobody else. Not one person made a decision without their approval. Others just took credit for this family’s amazing ability. I’m done with all these lies. They will be embarrassed!
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) January 5, 2018
Jared and Eric were joint deputy campaign managers? Well now, that certainly helps clarify things, doesn’t it? That would suggest that the two also knew about and even arranged meetings with Russians in an attempt to get the Kremlin’s assistance in rigging the election.
How did Parscale get the job of digital operations in the first place? Kushner suggested he serve in that capacity:
“‘Kushner was Parscale’s ‘patron,’ according to a person familiar with the campaign’s inner workings, which could explain their closeness.
“‘Kushner got Parscale hired, the person said, ‘despite the fact that a number of people in the campaign wondered whether he had any idea what he was doing.’
“‘He’s Jared’s boy,” the person added. ‘I had [campaign] deputies telling me they couldn’t question anything the guy did or said, and they were unhappy about that.'”
The Trump Organization has turned over documents requested by Mueller’s team of investigators, and that could also spell trouble for Eric Trump. If any of that data suggests Trump has business ties to Russia or Russian oligarchs, it could provide additional ammunition as Mueller continues to build his case around various charges, including money laundering.
Federal investigators are also closely examining the Trump campaign’s digital operation to determine if it cooperated with Russian bots and trolls to disseminate false news and propaganda during the 2016 race for the White House.
So it appears Eric can expect a subpoena and possibly an indictment in the near future, along with his father, his older brother, his sister, Ivanka, and Jared Kushner.
In the Trump clan, treason is a family affair.