I saw a story on CNN over the weekend about how Melania Trump barely lifted a finger to help out any Republican up for election this year. It’s true – Melania is a lazy trophy wife and she doesn’t really care about campaigning or helping her husband or any of that. But Emperor Bigly does have some surrogates, like his weak-chinned dumbass son Don Jr. Don Jr. hit the trail in a big way during this election cycle, crisscrossing the country with his sketchy girlfriend. Don Jr. knows his own fate is tied up in the Republican majority too, because Don Jr. is vulnerable as hell when it comes to Robert Mueller’s investigation. Even White House insiders fear that Don Jr. is likely just weeks away from being indicted? Bless.
Hope Hicks’ birthday party provided a brief respite from the news cycle on the eve of the midterms in which Republicans are projected to lose the House of Representatives, and perhaps governorships in red states Georgia and Florida. “Everyone is resigned to the outcome,” a former West Wing official said. Sources said Trump has been privately working to absolve himself of any blame if indeed a blue wave washes over Washington. “He’s happy with his crowds and the turnout and the excitement. He’ll be able to say it would have been worse without him,” the former official said.
The bigger threat for Trump than losing control of Congress is Robert Mueller’s looming report. Sources say Trump advisers are girding themselves for Mueller to deliver the results of his investigation to the Justice Department as early as Wednesday, although it’s more likely he’ll wait till later this month. Sources say besides the president, the ones with the most exposure are Roger Stone and Donald Trump Jr. “I’m very worried about Don Jr.,” said another former West Wing official who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The possible exposure would be that Mueller would demonstrate that Don Jr. perjured himself to investigators when he said he didn’t tell his father beforehand about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting to gather “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. (Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.)
One potential sign of how seriously Trumpworld is treating the Mueller threat has been the near total silence of Rudy Giuliani. A constant presence on cable news over the summer, Giuliani hasn’t been on television in weeks. “What the hell happened to Rudy?” a former White House official said when I asked about Giuliani’s whereabouts. According to three sources briefed on Trump’s legal team, Giuliani has been in Europe visiting consulting clients as well as preparing a report with Trump lawyers Marty and Jane Raskin that is designed to provide a counter-narrative to Mueller’s document. “They don’t know what Mueller has but they have a good idea and they’re going to rebut it,” one Republican close to Giuliani said. But another source said Trump instructed Giuliani to stay off television to avoid hurting Trump’s midterm message. “Trump’s thinking is, ‘I gave you a lot of rope and now you got a lot of rope marks around your neck,’” the source said. (The White House did not respond to a request for comment.)
LOL, I didn’t even notice the fact that Rudy has been MIA for weeks. I mean, he wasn’t helping? His thirsty, camera-hungry defense of Trump was arguably the most passive-aggressive failure of the year – every time Rudy tried to “defend” Trump, Rudy ended up making news because he boldly admitted on camera that Trump had committed a bunch of crimes. As for Don Jr… well, if Don gets indicted by Christmas, I’m buying everybody a bag of Christmas candy.
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