Story by Brian Michael – May 29, 2016
Early Sunday morning an electronic sweep of Trump’s executive offices lead to the discovery of six audio transmitting devices. According to three campaign staff members briefed on the matter, the devices were most likely placed in Trump’s office by private detectives working for the New York Post.
The early morning electronic sweep of Trump’s offices was prompted by what was perceived as paranoia from three staff members concerning information leaks that have raised concerns that the Trump Tower offices in New York had been bugged.
Hope Hicks, Trump’s communications officer reported to the New York Times on Friday that Lewandowski advised Trump earlier this week that the daily leaks of damaging information from Trump’s campaign are prompting worry among Republican officials.
Maggie Haberman, a senior reporter for the New York Times, suggests that Rick Wiley was most likely blamed for and his employment terminated over the information leaks.
Hope Hicks Holding ‘Uncle Sam’ in his executive office at Trump Tower
Mr. Trump fired Wiley, his national political director, earlier this past week allegedly because Mr. Wiley clashed with campaign officials in three states.
Donald Trump has not publicly accused the Washington Post for the bugging of his offices, however campaign staff members who have been briefed on the discovery of the bugs have said that numerous articles published by the Post over the past three weeks included information that could of only been acquired from their “eavesdropping on private meetings held in Trump’s executive offices.”
Trump’s concerns with the Washington Post most likely stem from an announcement by Post’s Associate Editor Bob Woodward that the Post has assigned 20 staffers to destroy Trump’s reputation.
“There’s a lot we don’t know,” he told the National Association of Realtors convention in Washington. “We have 20 people working on Trump, we’re going to do a book, we’re doing articles about every phase of his life,” he added.
Additionally, this week Trump has made it crystal clear to at least two reporters that he has had a gutfull of dishonest reporters.
“You two wouldn’t know how to write a good story about me if you tried — dream on,” Mr. Trump said in an email to the New York Times relayed by his spokeswoman, Hope Hicks.
Mr. Trump has shown recent concerns about the trustworthiness of some of his own campaign staff due to the numerous leaks of confidential information discussed during his private campaign meetings.
For instance, on Wednesday Mr. Trump met with dozens of female chief executives and entrepreneurs before his afternoon rally in Fresno California, a meeting that was never publicized nor discussed with his staff prior to the meetings.
Trump’s campaign staff is swamped with work as Trump is finishing the GOP primaries and moving on to the General Election in November of this year.
One of Trump’s primary concerns is for raising money for his campaign without finding himself indebted to special interest groups who would likely expect political favors in the future from Trump.
Attempting to alleviate some of his overworked staffs workload, Trump is frantically trying to find trustworthy people to shore up his campaign staff.
A scrambling and overworked Trump campaign staff has recently undermined the daily messages the team seeks to promote for Trump.
For instance, Trump’s campaign staff missed a golden opportunity on Friday to pounce on Hillary Clinton, on the heels of a State Department Inspector General’s report on her use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State.
Concerning Trump’s campaign staff’s failure to capitalize on Lyin’ Crooked Hillary’s demise from her email scandal, Scott W. Reed, a senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce remarked that,“The drama in Trumpville this week” totally overtook the “devastating” report, which, he added, “should be all the country is talking about.”
Reed further stressed that Mr. Trump needed to grow — and fast.
“Trump is the King Kong of the G.O.P., and when he steps, the world rattles,” he said. “Trump needs to better fully appreciate and understand this new role.”
Mr. Trump’s discovery of bugs in his office has further added another wound to his campaign staff’s growing pains. There is no doubt that Trump will find the right medicine to solve these problems and as usual, come out leaving Lyin’ Crooked Hillary as confused as ever.