The former president’s advisers fear that the DOJ probes are more expansive than publicly known.
When former President Donald Trump stepped off his private jet in the Washington, D.C., area on Sunday night, he sparked a social media storm.
Among the theories: He was surrendering to authorities or testifying before a grand jury. Some speculated that he had a secret and unexpected health scare, given that he was still wearing what appeared to be white golf shoes and being whisked away to Walter Reed.
In reality, Trump was checking on the status of his Sterling, Virginia golf course. They planned a possible future LIV golf tournament with his son, Eric Trump, Trump Organization staff, and the head groundskeeper.
During his visit, Trump had breakfast with Rep. Bryon Donalds (R-Fla.). He posed for a photo with a smiling member of his congressional staff.
“I can tell you from a good source, the course was in good shape,” said Boris Epshteyn, an adviser to Trump, while on Steve Bannon’s War Room. “The mainstream media loves to degrade MAGA and talk about conspiracy theory this or that, or how MAGA is a bunch of kooks.
The next thing you know they get one inkling and they’re writing about what kind of jacket the president is wearing or what shoes he has on. They have tin foil hats from here to Timbuktu.”
The internet outrage over Trump’s visit was a rare moment of levity and eye-rolling in a Trump world consumed by swirling legal problems that threaten their collective future.
This week, Trump’s allies and aides have been left angry and shaken by the Department of Justice’s issuance of some 40 subpoenas targeting people in Trump’s inner circle regarding their efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and their connections to events on January 6.
At least four people had their cell phones confiscated. A few trusted text chains among Trump veterans were sparked with speculation about upcoming shoe releases, while others remained silent.
“Every day feels like something else is piling on,” said one former Trump official.
During an interview last week with New Dehli TV at Bedminster, Trump said he will make a decision in the “near future.” And when asked if he himself is now “the Republican Party,” agreed.
“I guess based on the poll numbers, I’d have to agree, because we blow everybody away.”