It’s no secret that Trump values loyalty above all else and he’s proven that time and again when he cuts ties with anyone he sees as going against him in the least possible manner. It is this history of behavior and his erratic temperament that has many White House officials who also testified in Mueller’s special investigation absolutely freaking out over what could happen if their identities are revealed and Trump learns who exactly released damning information about him.
NBC News reported that more than a dozen of those officials have contacted the Department of Justice to see if hopefully their names, or maybe even just identifying details will be redacted from the report but the DOJ is not providing much comfort with their reported silence on the issue.
One former White House official told NBC News that those White House officials involved in speaking to Mueller are reaching “near breakdown level anxiety” over how President Trump will react. An official close to the situation also told NBC News, “They got asked questions and told the truth, and now they’re worried the wrath will follow.” The former staffer also offered the following insight:
“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.”
Adding to the anxiety is that no one knows exactly what Attorney General Barr will release entirely, saying that he wants to offer the public as much as possible but also saying that parts of it will be redacted based on information that is classified or relevant to ongoing investigations. People are also confused because of phrases used when Barr said that information that might “infringe on the personal privacy” and reputations of “peripheral third parties” could be redacted. Yeah, it’s easy to see why some are squirming in their seats.
The White House official said this about the speculation:
“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… Nobody has any idea what this is going to look like on Thursday.”-Former White House official