Ex-White House official says out of paranoia president spent the weekend ‘calling people and screaming’ about the Russia election meddling probe that occupy most business schedule in the West Wing
bY BRAD REED//A former official at President Donald Trump’s White House has told Vanity Fair’sGabriel Sherman that the president this weekend blew a gasket after watching both his former campaign chairman and former personal attorney become convicted felons.
The official revealed to Sherman that, even though Trump was fairly subdued and depressed during his big West Virginia rally shortly after the conviction of Paul Manafort and the guilty plea of Michael Cohen, he was back to being angry and vengeful by the time the weekend rolled around.
“Trump is nuts,” the former West Wing official explained. “This time really feels different.”
Sherman also cites a former White House official who claims that Trump “spent the weekend calling people and screaming” about his situation.
Sherman’s sources also say Trump has continued to bring up potentially pardoning Manafort, despite the fact that such a pardon has been warned against by White House counsel Don McGahn.
Additionally, Trump’s lawyers have tried to convince the president that he should publicly admit to making multiple payoffs to mistresses over the years so he can argue that the payoffs to adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal were part of routine business, not campaign finance violations. Trump, however, rejected the offer, Sherman writes.