One of Donald Trump’s most defining characteristics—in addition to an inability to ever tell the truth about anything, a creepy obsession with his eldest daughter, and a shocking medical diagnosis revealing that where typical humans have brains, he’s just got a pile of mulch and loose Tic Tacs—is his demand for blind loyalty at all times. So completely obsessed is he with ensuring that his flunkies remain devoted to him first (and the country second) that at one point during his time in Washington, the White House reportedly compiled a “hit list” of insufficiently loyal employees to purge. Meanwhile, for his next potential term, he’s already said to be laying the groundwork to fire thousands of civil servants and replace them with people effectively willing to take a blood oath to him. So it’s got to really chap his hide to learn that the reason the FBI was able to raid his home at Mar-a-Lago on Monday is that it allegedly has a source on the inside of Trumpworld.
According to Newsweek, the feds were able to obtain and execute the search warrant for Trump’s private club residence this week thanks to an unnamed individual with inside knowledge of what Trump had stashed at the club and where it was. After speaking with two senior government officials, Newsweek reported on Wednesday that “the raid…was based largely on information from an FBI confidential human source, one who was able to identify what classified documents former president Trump was still hiding and even the location of those documents.” Despite the fact that the National Archives had retrieved 15 boxes of presidential records in January, someone seemed to know that the ex-president was still hiding something. “In the following weeks,” The Wall Street Journal wrote, “someone familiar with the stored papers told investigators there may be still more classified documents at the private club.”
Not at all surprisingly, a “wave of…paranoia” is said to be cascading through Team Trump. Even before reports emerged about some kind of “mole” being on the inside, Axios noted on Wednesday that Trumpworld was “abuzz with speculation about which close aide or aides ha[d] ‘flipped’ and provided additional sensitive information to the FBI about what former president Trump was keeping at Mar-a-Lago.” As Axios pointed out, Trump and his allies’ baseline is to be paranoid and distrustful, but now they’ve taken it to a new level. Which is extremely concerning given what Trump has said in the past about how people who cross him should be treated, as well as the lengths to which his supporters are willing to go at his behest. According to one Trump adviser who spoke to Rolling Stone, since Tuesday, “MAGA loyalists have been asking to pass their suspicions to Trump, telling him not to trust certain individuals and to investigate them for possible contacts with federal authorities.” The adviser added that he’s “getting a lot of messages saying [things like], ‘This guy must be the informant,’ and others…calling for the [former] president to start doing phone checks of his staff.” The ex-president and his advisers have reportedly been referring to whoever allegedly passed the information on to the feds as a “mole” or a “rat,” the latter quite fittingly being terminology of the Mob.
Elsewhere, Trump and company have spent the better part of the week wildly, baselessly, and dangerously claiming that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago while searching the place. “I’m concerned that they may have planted something. At this point, who knows? I don’t trust the government, and that’s a very frightening thing as an American,” Trump attorney Alina Habba told Fox News without a scintilla of proof to back her claim. “This is third world stuff. This is Cuba. This is not our country.”