As if White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus doesn’t already have an impossible job–trying to keep President Donald Trump and other members of the administration in line–now it appears he too may soon be in need of a good attorney as the Russiagate probe expands and may implicate him in the cover-up.
According to The Daily Beast, three White House officials say Priebus is nervous that former FBI Director James Comey may soon release new memos which would show the chief of staff also played a role in trying to shut down the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
One official noted that the possibility of Comey releasing more notes had prompted Priebus to engage in “nervous laughter.” And he added:
“(There’s) a sense that if there’s damning information out there it’s going to come out one way or another — someone leaks it to the (New York) Times, or the president just blurts it out in an interview.”
This much is known about Priebus and the FBI investigation: On February 15, the chief of staff reportedly asked Comey and Andrew McCabe, then deputy FBI director and the current acting director, to push back on news reports about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Both Comey and McCabe refused to do so.
Now senior staffers, including Priebus, are terrified that Comey may release even more damaging information about the administration and officials who may have been involved in attempts to cover-up possible collusion between staffers and Russian operatives.
Earlier this week, the Washington Post reported that the president himself had asked the heads of two top intelligence agencies to publicly deny any link between him and Russia.
As Comey prepares to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee after Memorial Day, the Trump-Russia matter only grows more ominous for the White House.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org