WH Staff Having ‘Breakdown-Level Anxiety’ Over Mueller Report, Fearing They May Be Exposed as Divulging Damaging Info on Trump
Robert Mueller’s investigation into obstruction of justice and collusion with Russia was intense and thorough. At least 42 people were interviewed in the probe, many of them current or former White House officials.
The Mueller Report, though redacted in places, will finally be delivered to Congress this week. According to a story from NBC News, many of those who work in the White House are concerned that they will be exposed by the report.
The biggest concern for the employees is the reaction of the president. One White House official said, “They got asked questions and told the truth and now they’re worried the wrath will follow.”
They are also concerned about their level of anonymity. A source told NBC News:
“You have a whole bunch of former White House officials and current White House officials, but especially former White House officials, who were told to cooperate. So people went and did that, and now the uncertainty is just how much of that information is going to be in that report and how identifiable to individuals is it going to be. And nobody knows.”
Carol Lee of NBC writes that even if names are redacted, officials fear their identity being sussed out.
NBC’s source continued, “Even if names are redacted or names aren’t in the report to begin with, it could be situations people were asked about and they answered truthfully that at least for some people — specifically the president — would be identifiable because the situation applies to just one person.”
The report is expected to be released to the public on Thursday morning.