CNN’s Jake Tapper broke a story that a small group of “informal advisors” have been talking with President Donald Trump and against chief of staff John Kelly when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI.
The host began his Monday show by recapping that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray were ordered to the White House to divulge the identity of a confidential source of the Trump campaign.
“Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Wray were concerned that providing the House Intelligence Committee with information about this source would put the source anonymity and safety at risk, but over the weekend, the president took the unusual step of siding against his own administration,” Tapper continued.
Trump tweeted that the FBI and DOJ were part of infiltrating the Trump campaign as part of a plot by President Barack Obama. The reality has been that the FBI approached campaign members. The new strategy is part of an old guard of Trump friends that work from the far right.
“We learned the president aggressive move is part of a new strategy being pushed by a form of advisers outside of the White House and including Steve Bannon, former campaign manager Cory Lewandowski, former deputy campaign manager David Bossie and president of the Trump Hispanic Advisory Counsel and CNN commentator, Steve Cortes,” Tapper exposed. “Part of a push to paint the president as the victim of a deep state conspiracy. The campaign is about convincing Trump-friendly media and president himself to make a more adversarial position toward Rosenstein and the FBI.”
One member of the group of outside advisors told Tapper, “Outside supporters don’t believe Kelly or [White House counsel Don] McGahn are being aggressive enough in defending the president.”
Tapper noted that over the weekend it is obvious that the outside advisors won over those working inside the White House to steady the president’s paranoia.
Watch his full report below: