Well, this is something that probably should have started right after the inauguration.
As a response to continued leaks from within the White House, as well as the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the Trump administration is looking to make changes.
Of those changes, they’re considering having Trump’s social media posts screened by legal counsel.
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the administration is considering having a legal team vet Trump’s social media posts to avoid unnecessary political and legal troubles now that a special counsel has taken over the Russia investigation.
Some of the most lasting political damage Trump has incurred in his first months in office has stemmed from his tweets. Trump threatened former FBI director James Comey over Twitter, suggesting he may have secretly recorded conversations with the fired official, and he has accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower, without evidence.
So many of us have been suggesting that either they confiscate his phone or break his thumbs.
Having lawyers vet his tweets is another way to go, I suppose. It has the potential to be just as effective and only slightly less painful.
There may also be a staff shakeup and other changes, as the administration hunkers down for what could be a long fight in the ongoing Russia probe.
Chief strategist Steve Bannon and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus are said to be setting up a “war room” to handle breaking news about the investigation.
As Steve Berman pointed out on Friday night, that investigation took a troubling turn when it was revealed that senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner sought to set up a private line of communication between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, back in December.
The move was in an apparent effort to conceal communications from U.S. officials.
The administration is also looking at adding to its roster of outside legal counsel for the Russia matter, which is led by longtime Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz, and is considering bolstering the in-house legal team led by White House counsel Don McGahn, the Journal reported.
It appears obvious that the tone of the Russia investigation has taken a serious turn for the White House, and they no longer feel just insulting the investigators through presidential tweets is an appropriate or wise strategy.
There are rumors among Trump’s allies that the president could be looking at bringing former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former deputy campaign manager David Bossie back into the fold. Those two and others could operate outside the White House as the administration looks to widen its net of surrogates.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Lewandowski, Bossie and veteran GOP operative David Urban are being considered for as-of-yet unannounced positions.
And will there be any cuts to staff?
The ousting of White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been rumored for weeks now, with deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said to be his replacement.
Communications director Mike Dubke is also on thin ice, if rumors are to be believed.
The purpose given seems to be that the communications team have done a poor job of promoting the administration’s message on issues.
I’d say a far more likely scenario is that President Trump’s insistence on having his people put out a coherent message is often immediately torpedoed by Trump, himself, and often by the very next morning, as he fever tweets his unfiltered thoughts.
The next few weeks of White House watching, as we see who comes and who goes will tell us a lot about how the administration plans to defend against the ongoing Russia investigation.
And our Twitter feeds may become a lot less entertaining.