“Trump Staffers’ Loyalty Tested as Mueller Closes In”
Although loyalty has always been the coin of the realm in Trumpworld, White House staffers’ fealty to Donald Trump might soon be tested. Already, the legal fees are likely piling up for the growing list of Trump aides and associates whom special counsel Robert Mueller intends to interview; in the past week alone, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, White House counsel Don McGahn, and former chief of staff Reince Priebus have all hired attorneys to represent them as the F.B.I. investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election expands.
Facing this risk, White House staffers could confront a legal quandary in the coming months: choosing between Trump and criminal charges. “The lesson to be always learned is loyalty is one thing, but are you prepared to go to jail for it?” former Whitewater special counsel Robert Ray, told Politico. “A lot of young people go to the White House and they’re going to be loyal to the president and the president is going to be loyal to me. Bullshit. If it’s expedient, you’re going to be thrown under the bus. The loyalty isn’t necessarily going to be returned. Even if it were, I’m not sure the promise or prospect of a pardon is all that comforting.”