White House political allies are ready to go to the mattresses against special counsel Robert Mueller, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
George Papadopoulos, former Deputy Campaign Manager Rick Gates and former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn have already been charged and pleaded guilty. All three are now cooperating with the special counsel.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has also been charged and there is increasing speculation that he will flip, after having his bail revoked on Friday.
And longtime Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen is also a subject of speculation predicting he will also flip and cooperate with the special counsel.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich told The Post that White House allies are "prepared for war" as Mueller nears completion of his investigation into alleged obstruction of justice.
“It’ll be a moment that polarizes the country, exposing just how divided the country is about this investigation and who’s on the other side," Gingrich said of the report's completion.
A Republican critic of the administration agreed.
“What we’re going through now is a walk in the park compared to what’s coming when the report [on Trump’s conduct] comes out,” said Peter Wehner. “Even if the report is a devastating indictment of Trump, the political tribalism in the country is so deep and won’t suddenly go away.”
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani has also continued to criticize the special counsel.
“We want to see if we can have the investigation and special counsel declared illegal and unauthorized,” Giuliani said in an interview Friday.
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is also considering asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to investigate special counsel Mueller.
“We’re going to take the weekend to talk it all through, with our team and with the president,” Giuliani said.