Not even during the darkest days of the Watergate scandal has the political and career government staff of the Executive Office of the President been gripped by the fear that has resulted in normal business grinding to almost a dead stop. The internecine warfare that has broken out between competing factions of the White House staff has resulted in the odd scene of many young political staffers bolting the White House grounds to alleyways, aisles well inside stores like CVS, and back tables of Starbuck’s and other coffee shops to commiserate over cell phone calls with colleagues, friends, and family members about their own longevity in their jobs.
The long knives are out inside the Trump White House with the Jared Kushner forces aligned with the president and White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci against the faction of GOP insiders led by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and another led by alt-right hero Steve Bannon. Some White House observers have commented that the intense rivalries between factions is reminiscent of gang warfare, but without the violence.
The conventional wisdom around Pennsylvania Avenue is that Priebus will likely be ousted, along with a Trump/Scaramucci purge of the Department of Justice. On July 27, Scaramucci threatened Preibus with an FBI investigation for “leaking” information to the press. Scaramucci later deleted his tweet.
The intent of the firing of Sessions is to use a Senate recess in August to conduct a recess appointment of a new attorney general . A recess appointment of a new attorney general and deputy does not require Senate confirmation until the next session of the Senate, which will start in January 2019. A recess appointment attorney general would move to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, stop the investigation of Trump and his key associates and family members, and place under seal the evidence collected to date by Mueller and his prosecutors.
Meanwhile, as the barbs fly between rival factions in the White House, nervous staffers, worried about being overheard inside the Executive Mansion and Old Executive Office Building, are engaged in frantic phone calls while standing at the end of CVS’s deodorant shelving.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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